Signing event photos can be found by scrolling down this page. Char-Em ISD will share Career Tech to Careers signing events as they occur throughout the year; stay tuned for additional recognitions of graduates who demonstrate direct links from high school Career and Technical Education training to careers.
Char-Em ISD launches new initiative recognizing students entering the workforce post-graduation
‘We love to hear these stories about students who complete career tech education classes, head out to begin fulfilling careers, and make us all proud.’
BOYNE CITY, JULY 2019 – A new initiative, Career Tech to Careers, is celebrating the decision of high school graduates to enter the workforce after earning their diploma – specifically those students whose high school careers included Career and Technical Education classes.
“There are many ways that young adults can excel in life after they graduate from high school – it can be by attending a college, university or other post-secondary training, joining the military, and also by taking the skills they learned and heading directly into careers,” said Jim Rummer, Career and Technical Education Director for Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. “This new Char-Em ISD ‘signing event’ initiative recognizes those students who are putting the knowledge and skills they developed through career tech education classes directly to work.”
Rummer and members of the career tech staff celebrated the first Career Tech to Careers “signing event” on July 9, 2019, at Great Lakes Energy’s headquarters in Boyne City with Alex Sutton, a 2019 graduate of East Jordan High School. Sutton completed the Energy Fundamentals: Line Worker Emphasis class offered at Boyne City High School last school year, and he was able to use those skills to land a position with Great Lakes Energy. Sutton is working as a cable/facilities locator for the company, and he was pleased to be offered a job in a career path he had been interested in for several years.
“I enjoy the hands-on aspect of the work. The opportunity was there to get a head start on my career with this position,” Sutton said. “It all just came together.” READ MORE ABOUT THE FIRST SIGNING EVENT AT GREAT LAKES ENERGY
PICTURED: (Front row, from left) Jim Rummer, Career and Technical Education Director, Char-Em ISD; Alex Sutton, Alex Sutton, 2019 East Jordan High School graduate, Cable/Facilities Locator for GLE; Dave DeNise, GLE Operations Manager; James Rincon, Line Worker Class co-instructor; (back row, from left) Jennifer and John Sutton, parents of Alex; Derek Maki, Line Worker Class co-instructor. Rincon and Maki are also line workers for GLE.
SIGNING EVENT: HARBOR SPRINGS EXCAVATING, CASE KILPATRICK
HARBOR SPRINGS – On July 17, 2019, ISD staff held a Career Tech to Careers signing event with Case Kilpatrick, a 2019 graduate of Pellston High School. Kilpatrick has started a career with Harbor Springs Excavating as a laborer. He was able to secure the position, which is full-time and includes traditional benefits, in part due to his extensive Career and Technical Education classes during 11th and 12th grades – construction, welding and wood shop. At the business, Kilpatrick assists with driving the loader and skid steer and assisting in other manual jobs. His teacher at Pellston was Roger Armantrout, who was present for the signing event at Harbor Springs Excavating, which is owned by Tom Gallagher.
“What he has achieved is really cool and his skills are really helping us in a variety of ways,” Gallagher said. “He has done a great job adapting his skills to what we do, based on his training in high school. And, he’s a young guy. We don’t find young guys too often. This is not just a job – it’s a career.”
Kilpatrick said next on his list to achieve is his CDL license, which he will work on at the company this summer.
Jim Rummer, Career and Technical Education Director for Char-Em ISD, said the initiative was started to recognize students who followed the roadmap of career tech activities through elementary, middle and high school, which has led them directly into employment in a career. The Mansfield Family Foundation has offered its support to the Career Tech to Careers initiative with a grant that will fund gift cards to students to purchase equipment and/or clothing necessary for their new careers.
PICTURED: Case Kilpatrick (front, second from right) celebrates during a Career Tech to Careers signing event, which is organized by Char-Em ISD to recognize students who graduate and enter the workforce in careers related to their CTE classes in high school. Also pictured are (front row, from left) Jim Rummer, CTE Director; Tom Gallagher, owner of Harbor Springs Excavating; Kilpatrick; Roger Armantrout, CTE teacher at Pellston High school; (back row, from left) Beverly Osetek, Char-Em ISD Board of Education member; and Dena Thayer, Kilpatrick’s mother.
SIGNING EVENT: MACGREGOR PLUMBING AND HEATING, NOODIN CRAVEN
On July 24, 2019, ISD staff held a Career Tech to Careers signing event with Noodin Craven, a 2019 graduate of Pellston High School. Craven has started a career with MacGregor Plumbing and Heating as an apprentice installer. He was able to land the job – which is full-time and will include a full menu of traditional benefits after 90 days – due in part to the Career and Technical Education classes he took during high school, specifically welding and construction.
At MacGregor Plumbing and Heating, Craven is learning and applying those skills hands-on in diagnosing and repairing plumbing, heating and cooling issues for residential and commercial customers. Owner of the company, Julie Wieman, praised Craven’s attitude and work ethic and said it’s uncommon to find such a hardworking person right out of high school. “He is doing such a great job for us,” said Wieman. “Schools really need to keep doing more to teach kids these kinds of skills and encourage them to think outside of a traditional four-year college degree. We feel we can give these young adults the positive role models they need to be successful. Noodin is great, he has a phenomenal attitude – we can always train the right person in the skills they need when they have the right, positive attitude.”
Craven’s enthusiasm for taking the position and running with it is infectious. Set up on a job shadow experience by Annie Hansen, Char-Em ISD job coach, his interested was sparked immediately. “I really had no plan of what I wanted to do with my future by my senior year,” he said. “My dad was telling me that I really needed to find a direction, and I knew college was not for me. I couldn’t see myself going to school again after graduating from high school. During my senior year, I got into the welding class and construction, and it clicked – it was like a whole new world.”
Craven said with his interest now piqued, and with the help of Hansen, the connection to MacGregor Plumbing and Heating arrived at the perfect moment. “When Annie got me the interview, I was super excited,” he said. “From there, things just came together.”
The Mansfield Family Foundation has offered its support to the Career Tech to Careers initiative with a grant that will fund gift cards to students to purchase equipment and/or clothing necessary for their new careers.
Pictured celebrating the most recent Career Tech to Careers signing event are (front row, from left) Jim Rummer, CTE Director; Noodin (pronounced “Node-in”) Craven, 2019 Pellston graduate and apprentice installer; James Omey, lead installer; Julie Wieman, owner of MacGregor Plumbing and Heating; (back row, from left) Beverly Osetek, Char-Em ISD Board of Education member; and Annie Hansen and Tory Thrush, Char-Em ISD CTE staff.