Clare-Gladwin RESD Showcases new $3 Million CTE Lab

October 9, 2019

Instructor Don Maurer shows the Snap-On diagnostic certification cart
Clare High School student Preston Gross learned how to change the oil in this student-owned vehicle in CTE class.
Mid’s Automotive Lab Technician Richard Walters gives a rundown on a current transmission project.

By Pat Maurer

Editor’s note: Due to a print error, the continuation of this story was not in the September 27th issue of the Review. Following is a summary of the article.

CTE students from the five Clare-Gladwin Regional Education District schools are learning trades including automotive technology in a brand new facility this year.

Educators, Administrators, students, builders and the public attended Tuesday evening’s Grand Opening, which showcased the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education School District’s brand new CTE (Career and Technical Education) Automotive Technology lab at the Magnus Center on South Clare Avenue.

“This event – and the corresponding open house we’ll hold in the revamped Gladwin auto lab next month – is a celebration of community collaboration,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler.  “It took tremendous effort by many people to get this lab built, and these facilities reflect a commitment to CTE by stakeholders across two counties.  CTE students are the short-term winners, because they get to experience hands-on learning in state-of-the-art work environments.  But in the longer term, the skills the students gain are being put right into our communities’ workplaces.” 

Last December the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium, led by the Clare Gladwin Regional Education School District, learned they were named one of nine consortia in the State who would get a share of the nearly $15 million in total awards in the first round of the Marshall Plan for Talent grants. The Middle Michigan consortium was awarded $1,254,000.
CGRESD’s CTE program serves junior and senior high school students from Gladwin, Farwell, Harrison Beaverton and Clare. The grant award funded creating two NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) at the Magnus Center and Gladwin High School; providing Teacher Externships and Business Education Mentorships; and hiring Career Navigators for local school districts.
Through a partnership with Mid Michigan College, students in the Automotive Program will now have the opportunity to earn more industry-recognized certifications while still in high school.

“With the partnership we have with Snap-On, our new Automotive Lab features six vehicle lifts, computerized toolboxes and tire balancer and certification carts,” Automotive Instructor Don Maurer said. “This advanced equipment offers the students NC3 certifications in addition to ASE entry level certification. The training students get here will give them the option to go straight to work or go on to college for advanced training.”

Maurer said he has 42 students this year, 20 in the morning at the Magnus Center lab and 22 in the afternoon at the new lab in Gladwin High School.

Now complete and in operation, the new 17,000 square foot building houses Construction Trades (10,000 square feet) and the new CTE Auto Lab (7,000 square feet) which was revealed at the September 24th Open House.

Funding for the new building infrastructure came from the RESD CTE millage, and the $1.2 millionMarshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant that provided the state-of-the-art automotive equipment that fills the building.

The Magnus Center is located at 3200 South Clare Avenue.

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