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Manufacturing Technology Academy

Founded in 1996, MTA is a national and state award-winning STEM academy, that guides students through active learning in high-level academic studies, engineering problem-solving, and team projects that stimulate the mind, rewards creativity and excites the competitive spirit. Students apply for admission into the program.

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Prospective Students/Application

MTA is an award-winning program for high school juniors and seniors that integrates courses in science, mathematics, economics, and English around the themes of technology, robotics, manufacturing and engineering. Class is held 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to engage in rigorous coursework with engineering and manufacturing laboratory applications of academic content, integration of workplace and interpersonal skills, and a positive student culture that values intellect.

Students earn a total of 8.5 high school credits through this two-year program that provides a rigorous and relevant curriculum that meets or exceeds the Michigan Department of Education graduation requirements. MTA Curriculum Overview

How to apply to MTA:

  1. Start by visiting MTA during a scheduled Parent/Student Night.
  2. Complete an APPLICATION PACKET  and submit it to the Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 by May 1, 2020.
  3. Interviews will be scheduled and conducted beginning in May.
  4. Letters announcing enrollment status will be issued the week of May 18, 2020.

For more information contact Tim Wheatley at 231.922.7846


  • Engineering processes
  • Work ethic
  • Advanced science and mathematics
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Robotics
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Lean manufacturing principles


  • Engineering - all disciplines
  • Alternative energy
  • Biochemistry
  • Engineering technology
  • Environmental science
  • Medical
  • Business/marketing/logistics
  • Material science
  • Military
  • Mathematics


  • English  credit (1.0 per year)
  • OSHA basic training
  • Science credit (1.0 per year)
  • PASSES EDGE workplace safety certificate
  • Mathematics credit (1.0 per year)
  • Postsecondary articulated credit
  • Technology credit (1.0 per year)
  • Early college eligibility
  • Economics (0.5 credit)


Students engage in active learning through advanced academic studies, project management, robotics competitions, job shadows, workplace experience, field trips, and building relationships with adult mentors as they establish relevant connections to various STEM careers.


National competitions and leadership opportunities occur through National Robotics Competitions, National Technical Honor Society and student council.

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Current Events

February 25
Parent/Student Information Night
Parent/Student Information Night
Date: Feb 25
Calendar: MTA Event Calendar
February 27
NTHS Induction Ceremony
6:00 PM
Dennos Museum Center
NTHS Induction Ceremony
Date: Feb 27
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Dennos Museum Center
Calendar: CTC Calendar

Reception: 6-7 p.m.

Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

March 10
Parent/Student Information Night
Parent/Student Information Night
Date: Mar 10
Calendar: MTA Event Calendar
March 24
8th Grade Visitation
8th Grade Visitation
Date: Mar 24
Calendar: CTC Calendar
Parent/Student Information Night
Parent/Student Information Night
Date: Mar 24
Calendar: MTA Event Calendar
March 25
8th Grade Visitation
8th Grade Visitation
Date: Mar 25
Calendar: CTC Calendar
March 30 - April 3
Spring Break (No School for Students)
Spring Break (No School for Students)
Date: Mar 30 - Apr 3
Calendar: CTC Calendar
April 2
National Robotics Challenge
National Robotics Challenge
Date: Apr 2
Calendar: MTA Event Calendar
April 15
CTC Spring Advisory Council Meeting
7:30 AM
CTC Spring Advisory Council Meeting
Date: Apr 15
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Calendar: CTC Calendar
April 16
CTC Career Fair
CTC Career Fair
Date: Apr 16
Calendar: CTC Calendar




Manufacturing Technology Academy Mission Statement:

To provide a learning environment which motivates and enables students to acquire world-class manufacturing and engineering skills while positioning them to compete and excel in the global market.