About CTE in St. Joseph County

What is CTE & what can it do for me?

Our new CTE video talks about the benefits of taking CTE classes as told by a former student - now general manager - who has been there! Learn why CTE is important to students, businesses, and the community. We thank the Sturgis Area Community Foundation for a grant to allow us to work with Hype Brand Management and to produce this high-quality video.

CTE Overview Video

What CTE programs are available?

Watch the CTE Programs Video to learn more about ten of the 13 CTE classes offered through your local high school that you can take at absolutely no cost to you!

CTE Programs Video

Career & Technical Education is provided to all students in St. Joseph County by a consortium of all eight (8) public high schools working together to finance and offer CTE classes. Private school and home-schooled students are also welcomed. The eight high schools that make up the Consortium are:

  • Burr Oak High School
  • Centreville High School
  • Colon High School
  • Constantine High School
  • Mendon High School
  • Sturgis High School
  • Three Rivers High School
  • White Pigeon Jr./Sr High  School

CTE classes are located at four (4) of the participating districts -- Centreville, Constantine, Three Rivers, and Sturgis -- as well as Glen Oaks Community College.

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District serves as the operating (CTE office) and fiscal (Business Office) agent for the Consortium. Currently, funding for CTE is provided primarily by the local districts with additional funding coming from the state.  The current CTE agreement between the districts started in 1991 and was renewed in 2006. That agreement “expired” in 2016, but the Superintendents’ Association, which serves as the Executive Board, has extended it the last three years while the question of a CTE Millage is explored and determined.

Each year in late winter, sophomores countywide are invited to participate in CTE Exploration Days where they have the opportunity to "preview" all CTE programs and decide which best meet their future career goals and interests.  Students are then encouraged to apply online, identifying a first and second choice. Their high school counselors review the list of students who have applied and determine whether to enroll the student based on their performance, attendance, and career goals. Students are notified by their high school if they are enrolled.  Explore our website to learn more about the programs available!

Email us at cte@sjcisd.org or call 269-467-5429.