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Rewarding, hands-on careers


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Career Technical Education

Career and technical education (CTE) focuses on high-demand, high-skill and relatively high-wage occupations. It seeks to better connect the skills and degrees that students are pursuing with the jobs that are currently available and expected to grow within the next ten years. Many of these careers are in the professional trades, business and information technology fields, health care and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas.

Open the CTE Magazine to watch videos, take a personality quiz to find your perfect career match and open your mind to all the possibilities!

High-paying, hands-on jobs of the future

It’s a great time to consider a career in the professional trades!

These include careers in a wide variety of areas, from agriculture to renewable energy, carpentry to cybersecurity, radiography to robotics, and many more.

The good news is that there are many opportunities for high school students in Marquette and Alger Counties to explore these occupations, apprenticeships and 1- to 4-year college programs.


  • A half-million jobs will available in these fields in Michigan by 2024
  • They earn 45% higher wages compared to all occupations
  • They are hands-on and critical to our lives!
  • Health care, computer sciences, business and professional rrades jobs make up more than half of the 50 fastest-growing career fields in Michigan.


Apply to get started in one of these programs!

Northern Promise enrollment programs are for U.P. high school students. These include the Middle College, Concurrent Enrollment and Dual Enrollment for students to take college courses and earn credits while they are still attending high school.

Apply to NMU: nmu.edu/apply.