Eastern Carver County Schools offer a core curriculum for students. They have the opportunity to learn a trade and move on to production.
Mark Lacey is a business training workshop instructor. The program includes about 12 students from the Academy of Arts Integration and Chaska and Changasen High Schools.
While the district already had a working curriculum for special education students, this is the first semester it will offer the program to general education students, Lacey said.
There is a general message that a four-year college career is the only way to success, Lacey said. However, she does not think this is suitable for every student. In addition to the four-year degree, there are many options for students, he added
The work-based curriculum offers two courses, a professional workshop, and an internship class. Students are enrolled in both classes at the same time.
In a professional workshop, students take a safety course and participate in career search activities to find their hobbies and skills. Students work with job applications, letters of interest, and resumes, and travel to companies.
In the internship class, students hone their work skills and technical skills, such as driving a car. Students are now applying to a local business where they will be housed and practiced.
The on-the-job training program connects students with local businesses. The class is currently being held at Roberts Automatic Products in Changasen.
It all depends on being suitable for the students, Lacey said. Instead of being based on theory, students learn how to drive cars and provide technical skills to prepare them for the transition to work, he added.
Lacey is trying to raise awareness that students should not leave East Carver County to pursue a good career. There are many production facilities in the mahalla.
Lacey has seen program students get excited about exploring different opportunities and seeing what’s in their yard. She said it will allow them to talk about what kind of career they want to work for. In the future, he hopes to attract more students to the program.
KNOWING THE ELECTION The two-year work training program is funded by a $ 99,000 grant, according to Leslie Wyman, grant manager. Part of his job is to help students with companies so that they can gain work experience and earn high school credit while being paid for their work.
Wyman repeats a lot of Lacey’s thoughts about his four-year college career. She is motivated to change the myth that a college degree is better than being an electrician, a welder or a machinist. He emphasizes that this is an equal area.
According to Wyman, it’s a good time to get into a job or production position. Wages are high, there are many overtime opportunities, good benefits and big retirement plans, he said. In fact, some skilled workers earn six rak’ahs. Many companies are even willing to sponsor people to work for them and pay for the technical staff’s tuition, he added.
According to Weiman, the research points to a shortage of skilled workers by 2030. Even now, companies are having trouble hiring.
“Companies … tell me they’re actually just attracting people from the street,” Wyman said.
Wyman said that when it comes to seeing a good career, the fun thing about being able to support a family, take a vacation, and save for retirement, skilled traders fit these points. He added that in many cases the annual income of skilled workers and the manufacturing industry is higher than that of four-year college graduates.
“I think everyone should know what all their options are,” Wyman said.