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   Education Scene
BY TERESA OSBORNE PR/Marketing Coordinator
   The Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) is celebrating 50 years of providing valuable career and technical education opportunities to high school students throughout Calhoun County. The programs offered at CACC can open the door to a skilled trades career in many of Michigan’s high demand fields like healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, construction, automotive, welding, law enforcement, and education.
Assistant Superintendent of Career & Technical Education for the CISD. “Our staff continue to work very hard to offer top-notch programs, with state of the
contact us through the information provided below.
The Calhoun Area Career Center, Preparing Students for Careers
In the early 1960s, the wheels were set in motion by the Calhoun Interme- diate School District (CISD) and other key stakeholders, to implement the idea of a cooperative vocational edu- cation center. The plan was to com- bine communities, schools, students, and educators, as well as their vast knowledge and resources, in an effort to assure that, “All students should have employable work skills upon leaving high school.”
While Covid has delayed our ability to celebrate this milestone with the community, we look forward to a time when we can open the doors and show- case the skills and talent of our students and their many successes.
The CACC currently offers 20 programs to high school juniors and seniors from throughout the Calhoun Intermediate School district. Students interested in enrolling in any of CACC’s programs school should talk with their school’s counselor. To learn more about our programs visit www.calhounisd. org/cacc or contact Teresa Osborne at (269) 968-2271 ext. 5244 or via email at
By mid-1964, the “Committee of 100,” made up of a broad range of community, vocational, and educa- tional leaders from Branch, Barry, Calhoun, and Eaton Counties, had made official recommendations. In 1967, an implementation committee was generated, and in 1968, the baton was passed to a Policy Advisory Com- mittee that would serve the purpose
we would love to hear about it! You can message us through our Facebook page @theCalhounAreaCareerCenter or
The CACC’s mission is to educate all students and foster their growth in skills necessary for success.
art equipment and facilities. We work closely with industry professionals to ensure that our programs are relevant to the development of the workforce of today and tomorrow.”
The CACC provides high school students with the unique opportunity to explore careers, while still earning re- quired high school credits. In addition, successful students can earn industry certifications, college credits, and valuable work experience, all before graduating from high school.
The CACC is looking for Alumni sto- ries! Are you or someone you know an alumni of the CACC (previously known as the Vo-ed Center or Tech Center)? If you have a story of how attending the CACC positively impacted your life,
   START HERE and go anywhere!
Serving the following school districts:
Athens, Battle Creek, Bellevue, Harper Creek, Homer, Lakeview, Marshall, Olivet, Pennfield, Tekonsha, Union City, including private and charter schools within the Calhoun Intermediate School District.
  Career Pathways
Arts & Communications
• Graphic Communications Technology
Business, Management, Marketing, & Technology
• Computer Networking
• Computer Programming
• Culinary Arts/Hospitality
Health Sciences
• Health Careers Prep
• Health Occupations
• 21st Century Health Careers
• Emergency Medical Technician
(EMT) – Basic
Human Services
• Education Academy
• Early Childhood Education • Law Enforcement
• Criminal Justice
Natural Resources and Agriscience
• Agriscience
Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology
• Automotive Service Technology • Aviation Exploration
• Collision Repair Technology
• Construction Technology
• Power Equipment Technology
• Intro to Robotics & Engineering • Welding Technology
                                                             475 East Roosevelt Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49017 269-968-2271 • fax 269-968-4344 •
 of providing advisement in all matters relative to the area vocational educa- tion programs.
In 1969, ground was broken on
the 140,000 sq. ft. building, built on 23 acres of land on Roosevelt Ave. that was donated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The doors to the Calhoun Area Voca- tional Center opened to students in the fall of 1970, just the second vocational center to be built in the state of Michi- gan. Eventually the name was changed to the Calhoun Area Technology Center (CATC) before becoming the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC). Over
the years the building has undergone several updates and additions, including multiple outbuildings.
“We are very happy to be able to celebrate this valuable resource in Calhoun County,” said Tim Staffen,

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