by George J Elbaum
Nashoba Valley Technical High School is a public, four-year, career-focused high school with 700+ students and a unique Dual Enrollment Program which prepares students for college as well as for a career. When enrolled in this Program, students alternate between one week in academic classes and one week in one of 18 industry-approved technical programs. Each technical program has the support of a unique Program Advisory Board made up of business leaders, owners, entrepreneurs and representatives from colleges and universities throughout the region. (Program selection is very diverse and includes Automotive Repair, Banking/Marketing/Retail, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electronics, Plumbing, Programing, etc.) The Dual Enrollment Program allows students in their junior or senior year to attend one of several local colleges on a full time basis while still enrolled as a high school student. Once a student qualifies for Dual Enrollment, the student must also pass a placement test at one of the colleges, and the student’s family is responsible for college tuition, fees and books, and transportation.
One of the academic courses at the school is based on Facing History concepts whose teacher Dave Fusco organized my presentation. It was attended by approximately 150 10th grade students as well as teachers ?????? (names, pls?). The presentation was arranged by Judi Bohn of Facing History and Ourselves.
(Additional information for the text above and the photos below is forthcoming…..I hope!)