Evers also will visit the Eleva-Strum and Baldwin-Woodville school districts during his trip, according to the following press release issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
In the first of a series of school visits for February’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month observance, State Superintendent Tony Evers will tour facilities in three northwestern Wisconsin high schools on Monday. Joining Evers for the day’s events will be Mark Tyler, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board (WTCS).
At 8:15 a.m., Evers and Tyler will visit Eleva-Strum High School to tour Cardinal Manufacturing and learn more about how the in-school business helps students put mathematics, problem-solving, team work, and technical skills into action. Juniors and seniors, who have previously taken manufacturing classes, gain machining and welding experiences as they produce high-precision, custom parts for clients. Graduates have gone on to Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for machine tool, welding, and engineering programs. State and local businesses support Cardinal Manufacturing, with the largest support coming from MRS Machine in Augusta. The company has donated equipment, provided advice, hosted field trips, and employed both current and past graduates.
Hudson High School’s Career Center will be the starting point for an 11 a.m. CTE introduction to High School Learning for the Future. A technology in education panel will begin at 11:15 a.m. Evers and Tyler will hear about Girls in STEM, which encourages middle school youth to explore non-traditional careers; the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge that had the “Raider Riders” team encourage the use of bicycles and develop a bicycle exchange to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the local community; and the NASA project, which launched the school’s winning team to two trips to the Kennedy Space Center and a presentation at the World Algae and Biomass Summit for their project to purify space station waste water. Evers and Tyler also will hear presentations on business, community, and postsecondary partnerships that strengthen the school’s CTE program. At 11:50 a.m., they will tour the high school technology and engineering classrooms.
Following the Hudson school visit, Tyler will host a tour of OEM Fabricators in Woodville, where he is company president. OEM Fabricators’ partnership with the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District has provided equipment, welding supplies, textbooks, and employee expertise to help students gain state-of-the-art knowledge and experience in the manufacturing industry.
At 2:30 p.m., Evers and Tyler will tour the Baldwin-Woodville High School technology area, including the auto, wood, and metal shops, classrooms, and the new computer lab. At 3 p.m., students will gather in the auditorium for presentations on the importance of CTE programs. At 3:20 p.m., Evers and Tyler will resume tours of the business and information, agriculture, and family and consumer education classrooms. A 4 p.m. open house will include presentations from Evers and Tyler and opportunities for students and their parents to meet business and technical college representatives.