More Michigan high school students enrolled in Career Technical Education courses

There is a waiting list to get into Martin Ballard’s classes at Avondale High School, where students learn by getting their hands on expensive digital tools.Along with drones and 360-degree cameras, a $20,000 laser cutter and a $25,000 3-D printer are part of a cache of innovative equipment new this fall to Ballard’s classroom, where six Career and Technical Education courses are taught at the Oakland County school.With all six classes full, Ballard hopes to double the number of CTE courses offered next school year and plans to add a class called “Certified Ethical Hacker certification” once the district can find another CTE-certified teacher.“The kids love it. We are doing some fun things. It’s all hands-on. Do you want to play or listen to someone talk all day?” says Ballard, a certified CTE teacher, standing in his classroom last week.

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