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Saginaw Career Complex’s Careers in Education and Teacher Academy Wins 2023 Career and Technical Education Outstanding Program Excellence in Practice Award

The Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) has chosen Saginaw Public School District’s Careers in Education and Teacher Academy program at Saginaw Career Complex (SCC) for their 2023 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Outstanding Program of Excellence in Practice Award. 

The CTE Outstanding Program Excellence in Practice Award recognizes a successful, exemplary, state-approved CTE program that demonstrates outstanding outcomes, produces measurable results, and leads to documented employment, postsecondary education, and apprenticeship success. This nomination was completed by Saginaw Intermediate School District’s (Saginaw ISD) Executive Director of CTE, Jenny Geno, with recognition of the Careers in Education and Teacher Academy program instructor, Connie Griffore. “The Saginaw Career Complex's Careers in Education program is innovation and proactive planning at its best.  It will undoubtedly serve to address the educator shortage while also providing a clear pathway and pipeline for Saginaw County students to real employment as teachers. Bravo to everyone involved in making this a reality for students!” said Dr. Ramont Roberts, Superintendent of Saginaw Public School District.

The Careers in Education program at SCC is an exceptional example of how CTE anticipated and is responding to a critical shortage area. Dr. Jeffrey Collier, Superintendent of Saginaw ISD, stated, “This award recognition for SCC is another positive indicator of the unique quality of programming that is being collaboratively implemented and facilitated for students throughout Saginaw County.” This program has an anchored belief that teaching is one of the most critical occupations and therefore works to provide early and direct paths into the field with mentorships, apprenticeships, certifications, and college credits while resulting in little to zero debt for students. 

In recognition of this achievement, a special awards ceremony will be held at the 2023 Michigan Career Education Conference on Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

For more information on SCC and CTE programs, please visit: or

Ramont M. Roberts, Ph.D., SPSD Superintendent of Schools

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Jeffrey Collier, Ed.D., Superintendent of Saginaw ISD

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About Saginaw Public School District

Saginaw Public School District is home to over 5,800 PreK-12 grade students. The district operates seventeen different schools that include one early childhood center, 10 elementary schools, one middle school, three high schools, one career and technical education center (CTE), and one Alternative High School. The district has prided itself on being a comprehensive urban school system that provides an opportunity for all learners. Saginaw Public Schools have been home to two nationally recognized blue ribbon schools, state champion football and basketball teams, and one of the most competitive CTE programs in the region.

Saginaw Public Schools is on the cutting edge of PreK-12 grade education. Keeping Kids First is not just a slogan; it is an effortless, task-driven approach to ensure that we are always providing the highest quality academic and extra-curricular programming for our students. Our mission is to be a globally competitive school district that prepares and inspires students to achieve their full potential. #SPSDinpiresgreatness

About Saginaw ISD

Saginaw Intermediate School District (SISD) is an educational service agency that provides effective and innovative leadership, services, resources, and programs throughout Saginaw County. Saginaw ISD provides career and technical education, early childhood, finance, human resources, instruction, pupil accounting, special education, technology, and transportation services. In addition, SISD operates multiple educational programs to meet the unique needs of students ages birth to 26 across Saginaw County, including: Hartley Outdoor Education Center, Head Start/Early Head Start and Great Start to Readiness Programs, Great Lakes Bay Early College, Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center School, and Special Education Center Programs.

Saginaw ISD serves 12 local school districts, six public school academies, and 22 non-public schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 26,000 students. Public school districts supported include: Birch Run Area Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Carrollton Public Schools, Chesaning Union Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community School District, Hemlock Public School District, Merrill Community Schools, Saginaw Public School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, St. Charles Community Schools, and Swan Valley School District. #SaginawISD #OurStory