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The TEC Advantage

The St. Clair County Technical Education Center offers career and technical education (CTE) programs to high school juniors and seniors from Algonac, Capac, East China, Marysville, Memphis, Port Huron, and Yale school districts.

How is TEC different than high school?

You will not change classes every hour at TEC. Instead, you will meet with the same teacher and classmates every day for 2½ hours. This extra time helps you develop a close working relationship with your instructor. He or she will be able to give you extra instruction when needed or provide you with more challenging material tailored to your ability.

Will I earn high school credit at TEC?

Most TEC students can earn high school academic credit as well as elective credit. Credit is issued by the student’s home high school. Check on the TEC website at, under The TEC Advantage, “Academic Credit,” to see what is available.

What if I want a career that usually is for the opposite gender?

We encourage students to study what interests them. It doesn’t matter if the career has traditionally been thought of as male or female. TEC students do extremely well in “nontraditional” career areas, and you can, too.

Are there extracurricular activities at TEC?

TEC students can enter contests and test their skills against other students in local, state, and national competitions. Available activities include SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America.

What is the National Technical Honor Society?

TEC students who meet the NTHS requirements are invited to join this organization which promotes student achievement and leadership. NTHS students at TEC take an active role in developing and leading both school and community service projects.

How does TEC help me after certification?

TEC is still there for its students after graduation. TEC will advise students on what schools or colleges to attend, and help with applications for admission and financial aid. TEC can help find a job for students who want to start work immediately after high school graduation. TEC also has information about military training and careers.

Can I start college while at TEC?

“Articulated credit” is a way to begin a technical college major while in high school. In an articulated credit program, students begin their course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college. TEC has articulation agreements with a number of Michigan colleges. In addition to earning “articulated credit,” students in some Technical Education Center programs may have the opportunity to participate in the Career and Technical Middle College Program. 

As a TEC student you will:

Gain real-world skills

You’ll learn employability skills to back up the technical training and education you receive.

Explore careers to find your passion

TEC offers opportunities to discover and learn more about occupations that interest you.

Have options for college and career success

Staff can help with next steps after high school, including finding a college to attend or a job if you want to start work immediately.