Meet our Instructors

Hello, I am Mr. Cumings.

I have been with KCTC for over twenty-two years, the past nineteen as an Instructor in the Applied Construction Program.

As early as the young age of four, I have wonderful memories of going to residential job sites with my father, Vernon Cumings. Often my father would set me up with some wood scraps, a hammer and some nails, so I could build a little sailboat, or try as I might to make some kind of little house or garage. Cumings Construction was the name of his business. He also sold and installed swimming pools and spas. I greatly admire my parents, as they both modeled great character traits such as responsibility, hard work and respect.

I have three older sisters and two older brothers. All of them are married with children. One of my brothers has been in the construction industry all of his life. He is a job site superintendent and has done work at places such as Spectrum Health and many other sites, as well as sites in California, Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

I have been married for thirty-four years and have three adult children, two son's-in-law, (one of them served six years in the U.S. Army), and a daughter-in-law. Our son served five years in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion, (U.S. Navy SeaBees). We have three grandchildren. I am thankful for my family and am proud of each one of them.

My hobbies and interests include:

  • Being with and helping family and friends
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Reading about great historical leaders, the out-of-doors and WWII accounts
  • Going NORTH and exploring

Industry Credentials:

  • Builders License, State of Michigan
  • Commercial Drivers License, State of Michigan

Industry Experience:

  • Residential Construction, Install and Repair of In-ground Swimming Pools and Spas, Cumings Construction and Pleasure Pools, Sparta, MI, 16 years and Tim Paulson Builder, 1 year
  • Commercial Construction, including Carpentry, Concrete (Poured in place and Precast), Red Iron, Operator of Heavy Trucks, Dump Truck, Backhoe, Pettiebone and other equipment, Johnson Construction, Grandville, MI, 4 years
  • CAD Operator, Integrated Architecture, Grand Rapids MI, 2 years

Education Credentials:

  • Sparta High School Graduate 1976
  • Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, Diploma and Private Pilot License 1979
  • Career and Technical Education Ferris State University 2002 BA
  • Career and Technical Education Western Michigan University 2009 MA

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Background prior to teaching: 

  • Journeyman Carpenter in the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Local 100
  • Licensed Residential Builder
  • Commercial Concrete Construction

Industry Credentials

  • Builders License, State of Michigan
  • Commercial Drivers License, State of Michigan


  • Ferris State University Associates in Applied Construction, 1990-1992
  • Central Michigan University, Bachelor of Industrial Arts, Major, Minor 1995-1997

Background prior to Teaching

  • Journeyman Carpenter in the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters - Concrete, Drywall, Scaffolding, Doors and Door Hardware, Trim
  • Trim Carpenter - Tiara Yachts

Industry Credentials

  • OSHA 10 & OSHA 30
  • Various certifications through the Carpenter’s Union


  • Whitehall High School
  • Muskegon Community College - Associates in Applied Sciences Automotive Technologies
  • Grand Valley State University - Bachelor in Integrated Sciences / Elementary Education

Background prior to Teaching

  • Owner/Co-Owner Petersen Builders and Design-19 years
  • Construction Tech- Amway Facilities Maintenance- 3 years

Industry Credentials

  • Builders License, State of Michigan
  • Facilities Manager- Certificate, Ferris State University


B.S. Business Administration, Major: Management- Central Michigan University

Assoc. Architectural Technology- Ferris State University