Cloquet High School Vocational Initiative surges aheadThe high school has now added a full-time vocational teacher (to go along with their existing full-time instructor) in their strategy to teach skills, forge local partnerships, and help provide opportunities to their students interested in high-paying, high-skilled careers.
What does it take to land a good job, a great career in Minnesota? This is the question Cloquet High School hopes to address as it begins its 2013-14 school year. The high school has now added a full-time vocational teacher (to go along with their existing full-time instructor) in their strategy to teach skills, forge local partnerships, and help provide opportunities to their students interested in high-paying, high-skilled careers.
The Cloquet High School Vocational Initiative has been in the works for over a year. Planning among a local advisory committee of colleges, manufacturing and small businesses, and the high school has increased the past six months and a new instructor will be hired within a month. New courses are being developed and classrooms updated and equipped. Opportunities for Cloquet students will increase dramatically (neighboring students are welcome, as long as openings exist). Input from the local advisory committee has helped shape many decisions related to: hard skills sought by employers, equipment and technology required for a 21st century worker, changes taking place in the workplace, and soft skills all employees need to succeed.
Along with their usual course load of math, science, English and social studies, students will have opportunities to take: welding (introductory and advanced); auto mechanics; architectural engineering and design; CAD/mechanical engineering; machining; small gas engines; computer graphics; career explorations; woodworking; and robotics/automation/mechatronics. With two full-time instructors, Cloquet High School will be able to offer 10 courses each semester beginning September 2013.
A significant investment by the Cloquet School District and local stakeholders will update and enhance computers, software programs (AutoCAD, PROEngineer, CAD/CAM updates, Chief Architect), welding equipment, engineering and design equipment, and other industry-related items. This investment will better prepare students to enter college, or directly into careers, with real hands-on experience and knowledge.
What does it take to land a good job, a great career in Minnesota? Come to Cloquet High School and find out. Families interested in registering for classes at Cloquet High School should contact the district office at 218-879-6721.