Livingston Career and Technical Education

About Livingston Career and Technical Education

Livingston Career and Technical Education (CTE) has over forty different CTE programs providing high school students with career exploration, work based learning experiences, leadership and employability skills, college credits, and hands on application of core academic standards. Livingston Educational Service Agency is the administrative and fiscal agent for Livingston Career and Technical Education. This cooperative is formed by LESA and the Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney school districts. These programs prepare students for a world class workforce and education beyond high school. Over 2700 students are enrolled in the programs.

Information, recruitment and opportunities for non-traditionally enrolled students are emphasized. For more information contact your high school counselor or Livingston Career and Technical Education at 517-540-6832 or

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There has been a cry from industries of all fields for skilled workers, so Livingston Educational Service Agency has developed multiple programs to fulfill those needs and to supply students with training to prepare them for life after high school. Through a combination of working with industry, colleges, and high schools, these programs have been designed to apply what students learn in their core classes to specific areas of expertise that interest them and can provide a stable career. Students learn from some of the best teachers who have worked in the industry. Programs range from computer science to EMT to culinary to marketing. Check out the courses in the tabs and see which ones would interest you! Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information; we would be happy to hear from you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CTE?

CTE stands for Career and Technical Education, which are non-core/elective classes in high school. CTE classes applies the content of traditional classes of math, science, English, and social studies. CTE courses are engaging, hands-on, career preparatory, and develop everyday life skills.

How does CTE prepare students for college and careers?

In CTE courses, students learn basic skills and knowledge they will need in future careers. CTE classes also invite guest speakers to talk about the career field as well as explore careers through assignments and field trips. Students can figure out for themselves if construction, marketing, or robotics is a possible career path by actually doing what they would be doing in the industry. Leadership, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving are empathized skills in the CTE programs, which are necessary skills for college and careers.

What are skilled trades?

Skilled trades are occupations that often requires trained workers to work with their hands and apply technology/skill in a particular area. Skilled trades include manufacturing, electrician, and construction. Attendance of vocational schools or apprenticeships are often required for someone to enter into the skilled trades. Skilled trades are in high demand in Michigan and are stable, profitable, and engaging careers. CTE courses enable students to be introduced to and interested in skilled trades.

What is an out-of-district student?

The five school districts in Livingston County partnered through Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) to share CTE programs so that students can attend special classes at other districts. For example, if a student wants to enroll in a culinary program, but it is not offered at his/her school, then they can sign up to be take that culinary program at Howell. For more information, see your home high school’s course catalog.

What is high school credit?

There are certain classes and certain number of classes necessary to graduate high school. CTE courses fulfill some of the special credits/courses need. Common credits are 4th year math, Visual Performing Applied Arts, and Online Learning Experience. For more information about your school’s necessary credits, see your course catalog.

What is post-secondary accreditation?

Credit for CTE courses are accepted at certain community colleges in the area. Students will often take a test for accreditation, which will be factored in with their performance in the class to earn college credit. Some CTE courses can count for high school credit as well as college credit. Post-secondary accreditation is different from Advanced Placement (AP) classes because only certain community colleges accept the credit and the student’s grade in the class is factored into the accreditation.


Transportation is a category name for learning the mechanics and details of transportation vehicles. The available programs are aviation and automotive technology. Each program offers an introduction, hands-on experience, and interaction with guest speakers about careers related to the industry.

The programs provide a solid foundation for other careers; such as commercial pilot, aircraft designer, aircraft mechanic, or aerospace engineer for the aviation program. As automotive is a major industry in Michigan, the automotive technology is a great pathway to many jobs. Another benefit is for young drivers to become familiar with cars and be able to do light maintenance on their own vehicles. In general, CTE programs can be beneficial not only for careers, but also for everyday life.

The transportation industry is well-suited for students who enjoy working with their hands as well as understanding the mechanics and regulations of vehicles whether they be on land or in the air. The courses involve a combination of classroom and hands-on material, which makes the content even more engaging.

Both the aviation and automotive industry provide stable and interesting careers and are especially useful in Michigan. Check out the individual programs by clicking on the links below.


STEM is a category name for programs involving science, technology, engineering, and math. We are living in the digital age, which means computers and technology are important tools and require learned skills. Now is the time to learn about STEM programs and consider a career in the field.

The Michigan STEM Partnership stated that “STEM job creation over the next 10 years will outpace non-STEM jobs significantly, growing 17%, as compared to 9.8% for non-STEM positions.” Careers in STEM are not only needed, profitable, and stable, but also interesting. The best way to see if STEM is a possible career path is to take a STEM program in high school.

The available programs include computer networking, computer programming, digital multimedia, engineering/CAD, and robotics/mechatronics. Each program has hands-on projects, engaging content, “real” life application, career preparation, and excellent instructors. Students not only gain technical knowledge, but also general and soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, and work ethic. To broaden your horizons with STEM, click on the links below for the individual programs.

Health Sciences

Health sciences is a category name that covers a broad range of careers in the medical field from doctor to nurse to therapist to personal trainer to EMT. Each position serves the patient in a different area of healing from emergency to hospital medical care to recovery to personalize care.

The medical field is perfect for those who care about people and are interested in the human body. Each patient is different, which means no day is like the rest. In a medical career, you get to work with your hands, help patients, and interact with a variety of people.

Our programs include Health Occupations and Emergency Medical Technician, both of which grant certifications in basic medical skills such as first aid and CPR. The courses are composed of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning with engaging material and excellent instructors.

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics projected that the medical field will grow by 18% from 2016 to 2026 and will add 2.4 million jobs, which is much more than the average for other occupations. Now and the future is a great time to have a career in the medical field, so try one of our programs to see if you are interested in helping people.


Business is a category name for programs involving marketing, finance, sales, and the economy. The business world is such a large career industry and the business programs provide valuable experience for careers and everyday life.

DECA is a competitive marketing and finance network and competition and plays an important role in business programs. The business program is strengthened by DECA to teach students professionalism, confidence, leadership, and work ethic. The business programs fosters skills for careers in general and transforms students into future professionals.

Available courses in the business program include marketing, entrepreneurship, retailing, accounting and principles of finance. This vast range of courses provide an excellent introduction to business and enable students to enroll in advanced courses. To learn more about the individual courses, click on the links below.

Arts and Communication

Arts and Communications is a category name for programs that creatively express messages. The available programs are fashion design and graphic communications. Students understand the basics of the industry and its technology as well as make hands-on projects that they can even take home.

Graphic Communications uses “state-of-the-market” technology such as Adobe InDesign, Pagemaker, Photoshop and Illustrator on Macintosh computers. Fashion Design is an excellent program ranging from basic sewing and life skills to careers in designing and promoting fashion. In both programs, students can compete in competitions as well as create diverse and valuable portfolios. Portfolios are an essential tool for pursuing a career in a creative industry and the earlier students develop their portfolio the better.

Students in the Arts and Communications programs are detailed-oriented, creative, open minded, and explorative. Experience levels can vary from novice to well-skilled and the courses will be beneficial to all. To learn more about the individual courses, click on the links below.

Applied Technology

Applied technology is a category name for programs that combine academic science with hands-on learning and practiced skills. The available programs are construction, energy, and manufacturing. Each program is unique in its course structure, technology, and end certifications, but each one provides valuable experience for future careers in the industry.

Students in Howell’s Construction program build an entire house and sell it at the end of the year. How many students can say they built a house in high school?! The Energy program at Hartland provides an introduction to the theoretical and technical knowledge of energy and electrical systems as well as initial industry certification to pursue a career as an electrical overhead lineman. Manufacturing at Howell and Pinckney has high-tech equipment similar to those in the industry to provide students a background in precise and high quality manufacturing and machine technology.

A great advantage that students in Livingston County have is the out-of-district/shared-time partnership of the school districts. A student from any high school in Livingston County can travel to another school district for a special course not offered at their home high school. All of the programs in the Applied Technology category accept out-of-district students. For more information about out-of-district students, visit the FAQ page under the Resources tab. Students can experience multiple programs and industries through this partnership, so check the courses individually by clicking on the links below.

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In life and in any job, understanding money is a necessity. These programs are developed to help students navigate the world of finance and create an interest in finance as an industry itself. Those intrigued by finance can take the more challenging and career-related courses.

Personal Finance

This course helps students understand the financial activities they will likely encounter in life after high school. Course topics include the purpose of credit, saving and investing (stocks, mutual funds, bonds, real estate), the time value of money, loans (car, mortgage), renting vs. owning, financing college, income taxes, identity theft, insurance, career exploration and stock market portfolio simulation. Through multiple projects, students make connections between life and finance, with an emphasis on decision-making. In addition, students develop an appreciation for types of financial service providers and financial markets. Students will have an opportunity to compete in DECA (not required) with the preparation they receive in this course.

Building Wealth

This course focuses on direct investment in the stock market along with a more detailed discussion of investment opportunities such as real estate and bonds. Students will come away from the course with enough basic investment knowledge to understand the need for investments, the value of investing regularly and for the long run, and the importance of beginning to invest now. Other course topics include the concepts of accounting and finance in corporate setting, budgets, cost-benefit analysis, fundamental stock analysis, careers in finance exploration, and a stock market portfolio simulation. Students will have an opportunity to compete in DECA (not required) with the preparation they receive in this course.


This course is recommended for college-bound students who might consider the business field as a major and students who will be entering the workforce upon graduation. This course introduces the student to finance and accounting principles that are applied to accounting records kept for businesses in the private enterprise economy of the United States. An emphasis on high-level financial analysis, accounting principles, wealth creation strategies, and market variables will be explored.

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