Huron Township: DCTC assisting in career exposures in the Manufacturing field.

Downriver Career Technical Consortium provides manufacturing vocational opportunities for students.

Downriver Career Technical Consortium provides manufacturing vocational opportunities for students.

The Downriver Career Technical Consortium (DCTC) was founded in 1965 as a way for three local school districts to share vocational education programs. Over the years, the DCTC has grown and adapted to meet the ever changing needs of our evolving world. The DCTC now consists of nine local districts that share over 23 programs.

Following the release of a report on the nation’s manufacturing employee skills gap by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte in October 2011, concern among American manufacturers has focused on how to resolve this seemingly persistent human capital problem. To address the more immediate short-term demands for skilled factory workers, certification programs like the “Right Skills Now” program are training workers in accelerated, fast-track programs.

Additionally, some manufacturers have renewed their own traditional company-focused programs to train skilled workers internally.  For the longer term workforce needs of U.S. manufacturers, applied training programs that include industry internships are being actively developed by community colleges around the country and in the Southeastern Michigan area, DCTC is the go-to vocational program for the Downriver area high schools.

The DCTC currently provide an academic consortium that shares high level and unique classes. The Exposures: School-to-Career program – a mentoring program for 10th grade students. Articulated college credit for most programs; direct college credit for some program and professional development for teachers

The objective of a career technical program is to provide a very sophisticated training experience for the student while they are still in high school, so upon graduation they might directly enter the labor market or continue on for advanced training in the chosen career area. Toward this end, the CTE programs have adopted the curriculum developed by the State of Michigan, which provides for training that has been identified as being necessary for each specific occupational area.

Students can choose from over 23 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Airport, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Woodhaven-Brownstown High Schools.

The Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority of Huron Township exists to provide public improvements necessary or desirable to facilitate, promote and sustain industrial development within the established district. The group endorses the activity of the DCTC as it provide fresh and capable talent to the manufacturing vocations in its district.

The Local Development Financing Act (LDFA),  allows eligible entities to establish area boundaries, create and implement a development plan, acquire and dispose of interest in real and personal property, issue bonds and use tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements for eligible property.  The tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation.  The group has used these tools to support companies in manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.

Huron Township LDFA is home to many successful other manufacturing businesses with space to grow new companies! Recently the group has developed a new LDFA2 district with many opportunities for new business. Call R.P. Lilly, chairman, for more information 517-375-1624.


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