The Menomonie school district’s summer school program this year will expand to allow high school students to explore possible career paths while earning high school and college credits.
“We’re excited for the partnership we’re going to be having with” Chippewa Valley Technical College, said Brian Seguin, assistant superintendent of instruction for the Menomonie district.
“It’s a pretty big addition to our summer school programming at this point,” Seguin said.
The summer school program in Menomonie up until 2019 has been limited to a remedial program for elementary students.
But starting next summer, high school students in the Menomonie school district can take classes through CVTC’s High School Academies program.
Students can earn both high school and college credits in the program, said Kristel Tavare, director of pre-K-12 initiatives at CVTC.
“This allows students in high school to check out a possible career path,” she said. “They are working toward a jump start on their college education as well as meeting their high school requirements.”
Through the High School Academies program, students in high school can earn up to a year of college credits.
This program is offered in other area school districts and began in Menomonie last summer with a certified nursing assistant academy. That was expanded and offered this fall and this spring as well for Menomonie High School students, Tavare said.
Nine academies will be offered for Menomonie High School students for summer school in 2019.
• Emergency medical technician.
• Introduction to culinary arts.
• Online introduction to health information technology.
• Introduction to industrial electricity.
• Introduction to small engines, automobiles and diesel trucks.
• IT software development specialist.
• Residential construction.
• State firefighter I certification.
• Four different courses as part of a liberal arts program: college algebra, introduction to astronomy, basic chemistry and speech. They will be offered online.
At least two of the programs have a minimum age requirement, but most of them will be available to Menomonie school district students entering their freshmen to senior years of high school, Tavare said.
Online registration for the programs began Jan. 1 at cvtc.edu/hsacademies, and some of them are filling up fast. A complete description of the programs are available on the website, she said.
Tuition for these programs will be paid by the Menomonie school district, Tavare said.
“Students and their families are offered these courses at no charge,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to start exploring career opportunities while they are in high school,” Tavare said. “If they try something and it’s not for them, they still have time to try another career pathway at no expense to them.”
CVTC has already trained some high school faculty in area school districts to teach courses that result in college credits at their respective high schools, Tavare said.
The motivation for CVTC to offer the High School Academies program is “to provide students with an option to explore career pathways. And that will make them more successful and prepared to enter college,” she said.
“This is really an exciting time for students in high school, to have a more individual approach to their career path,” Tavare said.
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