KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo County intermediate school district wants to expand and centralize the county’s Career and Technical Education program, including construction of a new career center.

A group of about 100 community, business and educational leaders met Wednesday, May 1, at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center to hear a report from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency on its Career and Technical Education (CTE) system. The report outlined research on the topic and proposed a larger, more centralized program be built in Kalamazoo County.

According to the report, the majority of jobs in the United States require a one-year certificate or two-year degree rather than bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Employers do not have enough skilled workers to fill jobs in the region, the

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