The Saginaw Career Complex is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center for Saginaw County. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors attend for half of their school day, and are making a daily investment in their future careers. Each of the 19 programs offered at SCC link learning with earning by teaching skills that help prepare students for college, advanced technical training or skilled entry-level work. In addition to learning in real world, technology-rich labs, students can earn industry certifications that give them a head start in preparing for high-skill, high-wage careers.
This diverse group shares the common goal of career success, and they are getting a head start on preparing for a career. Students enrolled in CTE programs at SCC have the opportunity to earn FREE college credit, upon successful completion of certain requirements and instructor approval. At the same time, academic credit can be earned to Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for CTE; English; Math; Science; Visual, Performing & Applied Arts and Online Experience, depending on the program.
Throughout the school year, each student will participate in paid and/or unpaid work experience. This opportunity takes place during the regular school day and is arranged by Placement Coordinators. Placement is with local businesses and gives students real world experience in their chosen career areas.
Who may attend the Saginaw Career Complex?
High school juniors and seniors from throughout the Saginaw region may attend the Complex.
What are the admission requirements?
Potential students must have 6.5 credits after the first semester of their sophomore year and 11 credits by the first semester of their junior year.
What are the benefits?
Earn high school credit in a high quality career and technical education program;
Earn industry certificates and credentials; Earn academic credit in mathematics, English, and/or science; and Earn free college credit at several colleges and universities including: Delta College, Baker College, Davenport University and more!
What Does It Cost?
Nothing! Eligible high school students may attend free of charge. In fact, students may earn college credit at the same time they are earning their high school diploma—and it’s FREE!
How do you Enroll?
It’s easy! Pick up an application from your high school counselor, or give us a call and schedule a tour with our highly qualified staff.
Advanced Medical Careers
Advanced Nursing Occupations
Agriscience & Technologies
Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing
Careers in Education
Cosmetology – InSession
Culinary & Hospitality Management – ProStart
Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Academy
IT – Computer Networking
IT – Computer Programming
IT – Web Design
Law, Public Safety & Security
Business partnerships are a vital element of the Career and Technical programs at SCC. Members of business and industry volunteer to serve as advisory board members to advise instructors and provide work-based learning for students at hundreds of local work-sites. In a variety of unique collaborations, SCC students participate in mentorships, co-op jobs, community service projects, less-than-class-size work experience and program instruction at training facilities. Some examples are:
OPTIONS, sponsored by Consumers Energy, allows paid interns to experience first-hand how a major energy company operates. These students, enrolled in the Engineering program at SCC, learn the importance of math, science and technology skills in the field of engineering.
Head Start, with a site at SCC, partners on campus with the Careers in Education students and gives them the opportunity to work alongside professional childcare workers and interact with preschool children on a daily basis.
LEAD-RN (Learning and Enrichment to Advance Diversity of Registered Nurses), is a student success initiative under the direction of SVSU professors and staff. SCC Nursing students receive support services to assist in pursuing a career goal of becoming registered nurses, including early admission to SVSU and development of a pre-nursing plan.
Local 85, Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, collaborates with SCC for students to receive training similar to welding apprentices. Students will test for certification in SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding—stick welding) and GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding—tig welding), and will have the opportunity to take the apprenticeship entrance exam. In the fifth year of training students in welding at the Local 85 Training Center, more than 50 students have received instruction from Journeyman welders.
ProStart, the educational component of the National Restaurant Association, offers opportunities for students to demonstrate culinary skills outside of competition events. SCC students can earn ProStart certification and have worked with professional chefs. Instructor Julie Ivan has mentored new ProStart teachers and has been recognized as the Michigan ProStart Teacher of the Year.
Other community collaborative efforts have been in place for many years. Students who pursue a career in cosmetology have training available to them at Valley Beauty Academy and In Session Beauty School. While these examples of initiatives reach a portion of talented students at SCC, community collaboration is a large part of what the Saginaw Career Complex offers to more than 500 Saginaw County high school students who attend. Partnerships exist with hundreds of businesses, including Covenant Hospital, Delta College (COMPASS Testing), FIRST Robotics, Habitat for Humanity, Hoyt Nursing Home, ICAR, and Nexteer, to name just a few.