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Instructional Resources & CTE Updates


While nothing can replace the skills and competencies students receive in your classrooms, we can still continue to foster career awareness and self-exploration at this time of extended break.  The key is to connect with as many students as possible!  Reach out and let them know you are there.  Encourage them to learn something new every day and give them resources to do just that. 


National Geographic Learning (NGL), a part of Cengage, will be providing complimentary access to digital tools and courseware for elementary, middle school, high school, Advanced and Electives as well as Career and Technical Education. NGL is offering all educators extended access or new subscription access through July 31st, 2020 whether you are currently utilizing NGL curriculum or not. NGL will also have training videos in place to help you and your teachers and administrator as well as our students get up-and-running quickly

Science Channel – How it’s Made – full episodes on how every day products are manufactured

Google CS First  - coding curriculum

Infographic Lesson and Video using piktochart.

Cisco NetAcad – an educator can create a free account and enroll students

B.E. Publishing – “America’s Career & Technical Education Publisher”, online resources

GoingPro – watch “a day in the life” of some of Michigan’s most in demand skilled trades

Distance Learning Resources - CTE, STEM & Career Development Online/Distance Resources provided by ACTE

Automotive Lessons by Haldermanfree access to Jim Halderman's website which includes a wealth of information and resources. Contact glen@jameshalderman.com for more information.

Electude - E-learning solutions for automotive programs. Free trial to electude through July - access for teachers and students. Contact Damon Jordan - damon.jordan@electude.com

ConsuLabConsulab is hosting an online forum/video chat Tuesday through Thursday @ 2pm. See the Consulab website for more information.

Snap On Tools - will be hosting an online instructor training seminar contact Tod Herblet at tod.d.herblet@snapon.com 

Everfi - Online financial literacy

Cengage - Cengage is offering FREE (now-July 30) access to all of their online MindTap content (full list of CTE Courses).  Contact Megan Fileccia to get an account for you and your students.


Career Guide – flip book career guides

Road Trip Nation – video profiles of successful industry leaders

ONet – explore how skills match up with potential careers

US Bureau of Labor – Occupational Outlook, worksheet to help guide search

Career Aptitude – provides specific job titles or interest

Career Pathfinder - explore careers, schools and programs in Michigan to find the path that is right for you


Resume & Letter Writing - encourage students to create a resume and write a cover letter for the career they researched during exploration

7 Habits of a Highly Successful Teen – audiobook, audible is providing free access right now

Developing Soft Skills – 30 day trail available, student can watch videos and then take quizzes


Below you will find focus items with a current update.  This is a very fluid time so things are subject to change.  Flexibility is key. 

  • OCTE Guidance Document
  • CEPD TRAC Review – Will continue during extended break.
  • Perkins Grant 2019-2020 - Please request all funds expended to date.  Waiting on guidance from OCTE as I realize some grant funded activities may be affected.  Modification documents will be emailed to CTE Directors the week of March 30th.
  • Certification Tests & CTEIS - Waiting on guidance from OCTE.
  • Xello Migration – We are moving forward with district onboarding.  I have scheduled a zoom meeting with Xello District Level Administrators for Friday March 27th.  I will communicate via email with stakeholders listed on your document.