EL-G students tell board members of apprenticeship achievements

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — At its January meeting Monday night, the School Board heard from three more students of the benefits of the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program.

The board heard first from Jackie Holly, youth apprenticeship specialist at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC). She gave the board an overview of the program — its requirements for application, and requirements to participate.

She said the program is intended to give high school juniors and seniors valuable skills for their future. “It is a partnership between a company or an organization, the school, and the student and family,” she said.

For one year, a participating student works for pay in a company or organization. A mentor within the work site is assigned to monitor and evaluate the student. LTC works with about 120 students from 16 school districts that participate in the YA Program.

With nearly 70 business partners, the program offers a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, in fields like manufacturing, hospitality, culinary arts, health care, information technology, and finance.

Three students then told the board how they have benefitted from the program. Chelsea Winscher, Brynton Schwind, and Jordan Stauber answered questions from Beth Roehl, Family Consumer Science instructor at the high school, and advisor for the YA Program’s EL-G students.

Board members heard of the personal and professional growth each student experienced through questions posed by Roehl, which included:

• Where are you employed? How many hours per week do you work?

• What are your daily or weekly tasks?

• How many hours did you work during the summer?

• Why did you join the YA Program? What do you hope to learn from it?

• How has your participation in the program helped you decide about your future?

• What are your post-high school plans?

Leslie Corbin, high school Spanish instructor, presented a request for approval of a planned trip of World Language Club (WLC) students to Paris, Normandy, and London. She addressed in detailed contingencies related to safety concerns.

The trip would take place in 2017, probably in June (the exact date has not been set). The reason for requesting approval so far in advance is that participating students can pay their costs of the trip over that length of time.

The board unanimously approved the WLC trip.

District Administrator Dr. Ann Buechel Haack explained to the board the calculations involved in determining whether the district has resources available for open enrollment of regular education and special education students. The board unanimously approved these numbers.

Buechel Haack also reviewed updates to school district policies which are being developed in partnership with Neola Policy Services.

Student Council member Aryka Klemme reported school events, including Christmas Week, a very successful school potluck, several school-wide competitions, and the formation of academic teams.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann summarized the past month’s activities for grades JK through 8. These included seventh and eighth graders visiting the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, a coming second grade field trip to the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Theater, a trip for sixth graders to the Milwaukee First Stage Theater, the formation of an art club, and finalizing plans for Junior Chefs Class.

Principal Jim Brown’s highlights of high school activities included the coming end of the quarter and student tests, a tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum by 24 art students, and parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 8.

The board unanimously recognized and accepted several monetary and one non-monetary donations, and expressed thanks to all donors.

The technology report included the fact that the Chromebooks are working well for the school.

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