Everything’s up to date at Plymouth High School

PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL GOT to show off its newest asset a couple of times in the past few weeks.

The new Food Science and Agriculture Center hosted a Warm Winter Night open house for the general public last month and was a highlight of a visit by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers to the high school.

The million-dollar facility has only been open since September, but it’s already proving to be an invaluable asset not only to the high school but to the entire community as well.

The classroom/greenhouse building is being utilized for classes in seven different academic areas at the high school. Beyond that, it is also hosting a number of innovative and enticing community education classes for people of all ages that have been well-received thus far.

Evers – a 1969 graduate of Plymouth High School and a 2011 inductee into the Plymouth High School Hall of Fame, spent a day touring his alma mater as part of his observance of February’s celebration of Career And Technical Education Month.

Plymouth High School has been leading the charge for a number of years in the increasing emphasis on career and technical education, helping to get students ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow needed to keep the local economy moving forward.

That effort took off several years when the district partnered with Lakeshore Technical College, local industries and the community at large to open the state-of-the-art LTC-Plymouth

Science and Technology Center.

There, using the equipment and machines they will be using on real-world jobs, PHS students learn what they need to know for successful careers in engineering and technical fields.

That same successful collaboration between the school district, the private sector and the community led to the creation of the Food Science and Agriculture Center, in its first year of serving high school students interested in preparing for careers in a wide variety of fields.

It certainly is a different high school experience than what Evers saw when he matriculated in the halls of Plymouth High School. Long gone are the days of a narrow range of offerings emphasizing mainly the old three Rs.

Plymouth High School continues to focus on preparing students across a wide range of interests, abilities and talents, as it always has. But now that focus has broadened to include a lot of different areas of study and learning.

That reflects the growing complexity of today’s world and its demands for the workforce. It’s a modern world with modern needs, and the Plymouth School District has shown it is capable of keeping up with – and keeping ahead of – those demands.

As all those visitors last month learned first-hand.

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