While the nation celebrated and recognized Career and Technical Education Month during February, Mukwonago High School (MHS) celebrates its Cooperative Education and Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program throughout the school year by providing students the best opportunities possible with meaningful learning through a direct connection between school experience and work environment.
When most parents think of schooling beyond high school, many may have four-year colleges in mind leading to bachelor degrees, explains MHS Associate Principal and School to Work Coordinator Mark Blodgett, based largely on myths around the economy, higher education and the relationship between a college degree and a good paying job. However, MHS offers 33 advanced standing career and technical education courses in business and marketing, child care, health care, food service, automotive service, technology and engineering — dual-credit courses with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and other technical and four-year colleges. In 2012-13, MHS had 242 students receive advanced standing credit.
“These classes give our students a head start in moving from high school onto further education and/or training,” said Blodgett. “Mukwonago parents know that School-To-Work programs don't preclude college, but can prepare their children for challenging, well-paying occupations without closing any avenues.”
Read more about Mukwonago's Cooperative Education and Youth Apprenticeship program in next week's Mukwonago Chief.