College and Career Readiness Center
The College and Career Readiness Center
The Shiawassee RESD College and Career Readiness Center (CCRC) is located near I-69 in Vernon, Michigan. The doors opened in August 2023, following a rehab of Nellie Reed Elementary into a high school career training facility. The CCRC is the result of the RESD CTE Millage being passed on August 2, 2022, which allowed Shiawassee RESD to centralize CTE classes within the county. The Center hosts students from Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, and Perry. RESD CTE programs held at CCRC for the 2023-2024 school year include Health Science Academy, Teaching Cadet, Public Safety, and Electrical. CTE welding classes are held at Baker College in nearby Owosso.
Having a dedicated, centralized College and Career Readiness Center in Vernon deepens Shiawassee RESD’s ties to the community and increases collaboration with businesses and industry for student learning experiences. Local school superintendents, LEA school boards and the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, supported the RESD CTE millage in 2022, as did regional employers and laborers. Local employers and community members have created and contributed to endowment and flow through funds through the Shiawassee Community Foundation to support continuous improvement and ongoing expansion in RESD CTE programming to ensure that it remains current and innovative.
The goals of the 2022 CTE millage were three-fold - create a centralized CTE location, reduce CTE tuition fees for local districts, and provide program access equity by assisting with student transportation. The start of the 2023-2024 school year saw the first two goals met with district-funded tuition reduced by 50% and the College and Career Readiness Center opening its doors. The Shiawassee RESD still has work to do, our goals for the future include:
- Purchasing and staffing CTE buses to provide program access equity
- Replacing the 40-year and 60-year-old boilers
- Developing ventilated skilled trades work space for equipment use and demonstration
- Adding two more hospital beds for Health Science CNA training
- Refurbish the onsite Event Room
- Install new fire resistant doors and uniform locks
And so much more….