Calendar | Contact/FAQTBAISD Site




First five-county charter millage election failed — 2,432/Yes 5,725/No


Second five-county charter millage election passed — 6,648/Yes 5,363/No
Original staff: Jack Drew, Carol Chambers, John Nuske, Marilyn Young.


Acquired 80,000 sq. ft. Parsons facility — $1,598,000 spent on purchase and renovation. Ten (10) Career and Technical programs on site or at satellite locations: Data Processing, Computer Programming, Graphic Arts, Machine Shop, Welding, Accounting, Health Occupations, Steno/Clerical, Distributive Education, Cosmetology.


Seven new programs added for a total of 17 programs — Automotive Services, Auto Body, Electrical Occupations, Electronics, Commercial Art, Small Engines, Building Maintenance. Summer Exploration programs started.


Five new programs added for a total of 22 programs — Food Services, Building Trades, Child Care, Agriculture Power & Machinery, Landscaping. Satellite Distributive Education program eliminated in Kalkaska.


One new program added for a total of 23 programs — Word Processing. Welding moved over from NMC.


Satellite Distributive Education program eliminated in Frankfort. Employability Skills program added. Evening Career and Technical classes started at TBA by NMC Community Services. Machine Shop program moved over from NMC.


Satellite Cosmetology program evaluated and private contract with
K-College dropped. On-site Cosmetology program started in portable classrooms. Satellite Steno/Clerical program in Kalkaska eliminated.


Boat bay added to Small Engines.


TBA Vocational Center’s name changed to TBA Career-Tech Center. Degreasing/wash bay added behind Automotive Services.


20,000 sq. ft. addition to house Administrative and Student Services offices, Learning Center, REMC II, Receiving, and Health program built on north side of building — 10,000 sq. ft. Adult Work Center added to west side of building. Closed satellite Health Occupations at Leelanau Memorial Hospital, the Maples in Frankfort, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, Meadowbrook in Bellaire, and Bortz Health Care in Traverse City.


Computer Aided Drafting program added. PALS lab started in Learning Center. Summer Exploration Program stopped.


Food Service program reduced to one instructor. Benzie Steno/Clerical program reduced to half-time for spring and eliminated completely in fall. Director of Curriculum eliminated; Director of Student Services and Placement combined into one; Assistant Principal position created. CTC Extended Day evening program replaced NMC’s Community Service programs at CTC. Business Office Technology computers hooked to Novel Network.


Cosmetology program reduced from two instructors to one instructor and a technician for second-year students. Discovery Preschool parapro changed to technician status. Applied Academics pull-out program for English and Math started. Principles of Technology (Applied Physics) pilot program started. Satellite Steno/Clerical program at Benzie closed (this was CTC’s last satellite). CTC receives North Central Association Accreditation (first tech center to receive).


Exit drive to Aero Park Drive for school bus use built on east property line easement. Child care program merged with NMC’s Early Childhood Education program.


Principal assigned to new position as Tech Prep Coordinator in January and not replaced. Programs and staff divided into five divisions: Business/Marketing, Trade/Industrial, Professional Services, Technical Services, and Support Staff. Divisions governed by an Operations Council and site-based management. Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services have duty of running CTC with oversight by Assistant Superintendent.


Principal position reinstated after one and one-half years. Site-based management and Operations Council to continue. Assistant Principal position eliminated. Student Services Director assumes Assistant Principal’s duties. Placement Department reduced from four coordinators to three — fourth coordinator reassigned to teach pull-out Employability Skills to first year students. Heavy Equipment (formerly Agriculture Mechanics) program closed. Principles of Technology pilot program closed as planned. Budget for this pilot distributed to locals to establish this program on their own.


Welding, Machine Tool, and Electronics program merged with NMC to share equipment, facilities, curriculum, and staff. First year for Student Council. School Improvement team created. Parent Teen Program started. Annual Honors night moves to Grand Traverse Resort. Spring Business Advisory Committee meetings consolidated and held at one location.


Less-Than-Class-Size program for one of a kind career exploration opportunities is initiated. Director of Research and Program Development position created. Instructional Services program started with charge to integrate higher academic skills into Career and Technical programs. CTC becomes American Welding Certification test site. Regional Math, Science, Technology Center moves into CTC.


Manufacturing Technology Academy opens. CTC celebrates 20th anniversary. NMC initiates special enrollment options for CTC students. TBAISD Alternative high school classes (SAVE) conducted at CTC.


Automotive Technology Academy opens. CTC joins state-wide apprenticeship consortium. Evening apprenticeship programs in fields of Construction Trades and HVACR started at CTC by NMC Extended Day. ABC Apprenticeship in Electrical Occupations also available in evenings on site. One of three placement coordinators retires and not replaced allowing instructional staff in eight programs to be responsible for their own student placement. Satellite Construction Trades program started in Frankfort and Benzie school districts. Advanced placement agreement with Ferris State University starts. Student and staff computers networked and connected to Internet. Assistant Principal position divided between CTC Administration and TBA building maintenance and grounds responsibilities. Staff votes to stop site-based management. Medical Careers Technology parapro changed to technician status.



Comprehensive study conducted on merging CTC and NMC Automotive programs. Decision made not to merge. Writing Across the Curriculum initiative by Instructional Services. A second section of Medical Careers Technology is added. Employability Skills pull-out program stopped; Career Preparation Skills to be integrated into career and technical programs.


CTC receives North Central Association Outcomes Accreditation. Information Technology Academy opens. Travel and Tourism Academy opens. Task Force is formed to study future TBAISD career and technical programs and services. CTC chosen to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CENA) test site. Full-time Student Services Assistant Principal position added. Butler Building demolished and replaced with new 65' x 150’ pole building.


Auto Mechanics and Auto Body programs are awarded NATEF certification. IT Academy is named as a VUE Certification test site. CTC becomes an I-CAR Welding Certification test site. CTC first year students take ACT WorkKeys tests in the fall; they will be post-tested before leaving CTC. Maintenance and Repair program is merged into Construction Trades. Machine Tool is shut down for one year to be restructured. Cosmetology is changed to an adults-only format and will be tuition-based. Accounting program is merged with Computer Applications. A "virtual tour" of CTC programs is developed for the Internet along with a new website design. CTC starts process to implement Task Force recommendations including: development of common program standards and benchmarks, improving/updating CTC facility, designing a process for individual program improvement, creating opportunities for CTC staff to participate in business internships.

2001 CTC celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Manufacturing Technology Academy, Electronics, and Machine Tool programs move to new NMC M-TEC building. Day care center is created at CTC. CTC’s Information Technology Academy becomes an Oracle Internet Academy. Committee meets to draft Program Standards for all CTC programs. Work Ethic Program is launched at CTC. Students are graded on their dependability, attitude, and initiative. The Work Ethic grade is 30% of a student’s overall grade. Instructors continued to work on the CTC Academic Integration initiative. We are in the second year of this three-year program. The eventual goal will be to recommend partial academic credit based on state standards and benchmarks. During the summer of 2001, renovations occurred in Welding, Auto Mechanics, lobby and entrance areas, common areas, and Cosmetology.
2002 Academic Integration work continues. Instructors cross reference current curriculum to state standards and benchmarks in related core content areas. During the summer of 2002, a new Electrical Occupations wing is constructed off of the east end of the current CTC building. Renovations also took place in Auto Body, Early Childhood Education, and Visual Imaging Technology. During the Fall of 2002, CTC facilities are randomly audited by the Michigan Department of Career Development.

CTC is selected as a “pilot site” for the Information Technology National Career Cluster.  NCA School Improvement process successfully continues, with next year being the last of this cycle. Small Engines program receives certification the Engine Equipment Training Council.  A new Electrical Occupations wing (classroom and lab) is constructed during the summer. CTC receives a $25,000 dollar grant award from the Grant Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.


Construction Trades program builds a home for Habitat for Humanity.  A Public Safety/Protective Services program will begin Fall, 2004.  CTC receives statewide recognition for their efforts regarding Academic Integration in aligning all programs to state standards and benchmarks.  Renovations to the Agriscience program are completed, including a new classroom and greenhouse. The CTC Learning Center is renovated to a computer lab for Career Preparation activities.  CTC Electronics program does not run due to low enrollment.

2005 A new Public Safety/Protective Services program is created. The Hospitality and Tourism program is closed due to low enrollment.  CTC partners with Tribal Motorworks and the Father Fred Foundation and creates the Schoolyard Motorworks Project where students and staff consult with master bike builders to create a custom motorcycle to be raffled off with proceeds going to the Father Fred Foundation.
The SYM project is completed.  Over $36,000 is raised for needy and donated to the Father Fred Foundation.  Staff begin to implement the Professional Learning Communities model to increase student achievement.  A series of Saturday Specials workshops are held to benefit the area's unemployed/underemployed as part of the regional poverty reduction initiative.  TBAISD and Grand Traverse County partner to open the Youth Health & Wellness Center on the CTC campus. The State of Michigan increases graduation requirements for all high school students for the year 2011.  The Career-Tech Center staff creates study groups to research the potential impact upon student enrollment.  In response to the new requirements and the TBAISD 21st Century Schools initiative, an on-line section of the computer programming and web design program is offered as a pilot class for students.  State approval for a continuous on-line section of the program is quickly granted.   
2007 The Center earns 25 commendations during the Technical Review and Compliance audit conducted by the State Office of Career and Technical Education.

Highly qualified academic staff partner with technical education teachers to provide additional academic credit opportunities for English/Language Arts within the Accounting and Health Science programs. Center staff initiates Professional Learning Communities focused on increasing student achievement in English/Language Arts and mathematics. Numerous staff participates in state-level task forces for technical curriculum alignment and segmenting. TBAISD partners with the Benzie County Central Schools and the Frankfort-Elberta Schools by converting the Frankfort Building Trades program into a state-approved CTE program operated under the authority of the Career-Tech Center. This collaborative venture stemmed from the MDE Consolidated Services Initiative and also included agreements with the Onekama, Kaleva Norman Dickson and Bear Lake school districts to allow students from within Manistee County to access the program.

TBAISD sets goal to become best educational system in the world. Recognizing that the Class of 2011 will be held accountable to the new Michigan Merit Curriculum, CTC provides greater academic instruction, aligned to the new academic content expectations, within the technical programs.  One math and one ELA instructor are added. Staff sets center-wide improvement goal of improved scores in Work Keys Applied Math or Reading for Information.  Reaching out to our community and future students, CTC hosts over 150 Boy Scouts from 13 counties to attend merit badge camp.


CTC receives renewable energy grant including wind, solar, and biomass. Plans include an energy park on campus. The demand for the Allied Health program spikes, resulting in opening an additional first year program and the separation of first and second year curriculums.  Cosmetology closes at end of year due to economic feasibility for adult learners. Academic integration is occurring in almost all programs. CTC hosts Academic Integration Conference for educators from around the state.


Graduation changes go into effect for class of 2011. CTC now has over 300 students receiving academic credit via CTC.  TBAISD Career-Tech Center receives State Excellence in Practice Award 2011 for efforts to integrate academics into CTE programs. Drafting and Design is now offered only online via Ferris State University for college credit. Members Credit Union opens in commons area, staffed with Members employees as well as Accounting students who are part-time Members CU employees.  PMT receives NIMS Accreditation. The first phases of our alternative energy park are installed. Saturday School is initiated to help students complete make-up time for excessive absences. Nationally-renowned speaker Larry Lezotte speaks to CTC students. Several programs participate in Festival of Tables display to raise money for Child & Family Services, Inc.


Film and New Media is introduced as part-time program. There is enough interest that the program will go full-time in 2012. Visual Imaging Technology divides and becomes first year/second year programs.  Accounting and Office Technology changes their name to Business Careers.  Automotive Technology receives NATEF recertification. The alternative energy park receives an artistic centerpiece in the form of a 10’ steel globe designed by Welding & Fabrication students. Auto Body and Construction Trades students assist in the process.  The Traverse Bay Area Early College (TBAEC) program is introduced, partnering TBAISD with Ferris State and NMC in three pilot programs for 2012-13.


The Teacher Academy, under Susan O’Connor, receives the State of Michigan Award of Excellence for CTE Programs, the state’s top award.  This is the second time in three years TBAISD CTC has received this prestigious award.  Welding & Fabrication is recognized at the CTE Showcase at the Lansing Capital Building where two students presented Governor Snyder with artwork of a trout on a Michigan-shaped pedestal.  The Governor used this sculpture on several occasions on television as well as the Traverse City Area Regional Economic Summit.  Film and New Media is expanded to full time and is no longer a pilot program.  Visual Imaging Technology is changed to Graphic Arts and will have two side-by-side programs.  Web Programming & Design undergoes a name change to reflect changes in the field; Web and Game Programming. Building Trades Southwest merges with the center-based Construction Trades program.  Early College expands in enrollment and is no longer a pilot program.


The Early College program has expanded to five programs; Allied Health, Manufacturing Technology Academy, Business Career, CAD, and Welding. In January, Teacher Academy is recognized by the State of Michigan as the recipient of the Excellence in Practice Award. TA has around 85 students and mentors for each, making it the model for prospective teachers in our state. Welding and Fabrication parapro Bob Grose, Brent Boerema, and two students represent CTC at the CTE Showcase at the Capital.  Governor Snyder accepts a welded brown trout statue that becomes the Governor’s traveling showpiece on the importance of CTE as an educational model and economic growth.  The fish was highlighted in a Detroit Free Press article, with the Governor stating it has been on his desk since the day it was given to him and it will be one of the few gifts (out of thousands) that he will take with him when he retires. Erin Fluharty from Public Safety is one of two students in the state to receive the highest award for non-traditional students, the Breaking Traditions Award of Excellence. The Auto Body lab receives an overhaul to bring it up to current standards for safety and equipment.


Academic Integration is expanded to where all programs offer either ELA, math, or both.  An additional ELA teacher was hired part-time to accommodate the need. Three CTC students win the Breaking Traditions Award for 2014 in Lansing for outstanding achievements in non-traditional programs. In addition, four young ladies from MTA win the Honda Innovation Award, as well as first place, at the National Robotics Challenge.  More than 4000 high school and college teams entered, with just one Honda Award being granted. CTC and the TC Police Department partner to share a school liaison officer that will be housed at the CTC.


MTA was awarded the 2015 Career and College Readiness Initiative Excellence in Practice Award by Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education. Construction Trades and Electrical Occupations partner with Habitat for Humanity by building walls at CTC and moving them to the Habitat site. Three students receive the Breaking Traditions Award from MDE. A Graphic Arts student’s work was featured as part of the marketing campaign for local minor-league baseball team, The Beach Bums.  Sarah Bobier from Traverse City West won first in the nation from Skills USA, resulting in a full ride scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America for tuition and room and board.  CTC loses a beautiful blue spruce in the August storm that devastated the region. The tree was donated to the City of Traverse City, where it was the Christmas tree for the community.


MTA wins national recognition for the outstanding STEM program in the nation. MTA staff, advisory board members and TBA administrators travel to Washington, DC to receive the Excellence in Action National Award. Three young ladies from MTA win the Honda Innovation Award at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio, beating out over 400 teams for the honor. This is the second time CTC MTA students have won the award for a student-designed, student-built robot.  CTC creates a massive pirate ship with the help of numerous students from several programs to be used in the Cherry Festival Junior Royale parade. The entry features art work from the winning students’ entries in the public art competition.  Front Street Writers is the newest program to be offered at the CTC.  A storage and receiving area in the NW corner of the CTC was converted to become the new classroom.  A new teacher and writer-in-residence was hired to staff the program. Several nationally-known writers visit CTC to workshop with students or present to them. The finishing touches are completed on the Adult Work Center addition.  The name is changed to reflect a new direction and is now known as the Life Skills Center campus.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in October to commemorate the new era.