The Algoma School District will have a special visit from State Senator Luther Olsen and his Education Policy Advisor Dr. Sarah Archibald this week to examine the District's impressive transition programs.
Algoma School District Superintendent Ron Welch says the VIPs will visit November 8th to look at programs that help students go from school to the workforce – some with further education in-between and some without. The focus of the visit will be what the district has done with its metal and wood working classes.
The metal shop at Algoma High School has had many modernizations including a full sized computer numerical control (CNC) Machine and a clean computer lab with AutoCAD and all the other necessary software to learn and operate modern equipment.
Similar improvements have been made and more are in the works at the wood shop. The district's Career and Technical Education (CTE) department also still offer Family and Consumer Education (FACE); a modern day Home Ec with sewing and cooking curriculum.
Welch describes the CTE curriculum and the careers that come out of it as extremely valued and important, and hopes seeing that education first hand might make some impact on its perceived value.
Welch says even for students who aren't moving into a trade type of job, learning about things like how to be safe and prepared is an important skill to take with no matter what a student chooses to do post high school.
On their visit, Olson and Archibald will have tours of the high school, middle school, and elementary schools and have the opportunity to collaborate with students and teachers.