Instructor and student working on a wood lathe


The Northwest Education Services Career Tech is a regional center serving 11th- and 12th-graders of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties with career and technical learning opportunities. Students who reside in the region are able to attend the center at no cost to the individual or the school district they attend.

Students attend half the school day at their local high school and the other half at Career Tech, allowing them to complete Michigan high school graduation requirements as well as explore a career interest that can give them a head start and prepare them for success in college, the workforce  or military service.

22 technical programs are offered:

Arts & Communication

Culinary Arts
Film & New Media
Writers Studio (formerly Front Street Writers)
Graphic Arts (Combined Graphic Arts & Graphic Design/Promotional Media)

Business & Technology

Business Careers
Information Technology
Web & App Development

Engineering & Industrial Technology

Collision Repair (formerly Auto Body Repair)
Auto Repair (formerly Automotive Technology)
Aviation Maintenance (NEW for the 2023-24 school year!)
Construction Trades
Electrical Occupations
Engineering Academy (formerly Manufacturing Technology Academy)
Robotics & Automation (formerly Mechatronics)
Power Equipment (formerly Power Equipment Technology)
Precision Machining (formerly Precision Machining Technology)
Welding (formerly Welding & Fabrication)


Agriscience (formerly Agriscience & Natural Resources)
Health Sciences (formerly Allied Health)

Human Services

Early Education (formerly Early Childhood Education)
Public Safety (formerly Public Safety/Protective Services)
Teacher Academy