About DCTC

Our History

The Downriver Career Technical Consortium (DCTC) was founded in 1965 as a way for three local school districts to share vocational education programs.

Today, DCTC is recognized as largest CTE consortium in the State of Michigan consisting of nine local school districts and partnerships with four colleges that collectively share over 50 CTE instructors who offer unique CTE programs.

DCTC has expanded our role in the schools to include the following opportunities:

  • An academic consortium that shares high level and unique classes
  • Articulated college credit for most programs; direct college credit for some programs
  • Professional development for teachers

No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. Your student’s learning plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a way that works for your student.

Opportunities

If your child attends school in one of the following districts, they can choose from over 25 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs:

  • Airport
  • Flat Rock
  • Gibraltar
  • Grosse Ile
  • Huron
  • Riverview
  • Southgate
  • Trenton
  • Woodhaven-Brownstown

Free transportation is provided to most programs. Many programs offer college credit, and some programs offer state licensure. Most programs also provide math and visual/applied arts credit, and some programs provide science credit.



Why CTE?

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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

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