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Students Showcase Career And Technical Learning at Two Harbors High School

There is a strong Career and Technical Edu­cation (CTE) program underway at Lake Su­perior District schools. On Monday morning, Two Harbors High School students Landon Rousseau, Ben Wermter, James Fransen, and Ja­cob Samuell met with members of the com­munity to demonstrate metal fabrication work that they are doing using a computer guided plasma-cutting system. Last Spring, Indus­trial Arts Teacher Ben Hudson wrote a grant to purchase a $32,000 plasma-cutting system with money from the Federal Perkins Fund. Local manufacturing companies, LaBounty, Serco, Stanley and BuiltRite, are supportive of Career and Technical Education in local schools and are eager to hire homegrown workers to strengthen the manufacturing base in Lake County. These industry partners also help students understand the types of knowl­edge, skills and attributes needed for success in the workplace. Additionally, they donate materials, supplies and safety equipment to the program.

Superintendent Jay Belcastro, THHS Prin­cipal Gina Kleive, Teacher and Perkins Con­sortium Coordinator Leah Bott, and represen­tatives from the local media were also present for the demonstration.

James Fransen and Ben Wermter demon­strated the set up and metal cutting capabili­ties of the plasma-cutting machine and those who attended the demonstration had an op­portunity to look at a number of projects that students have been working on.

49% of jobs in Minnesota require the kind of training and skills that high school stu­dents are learning in CTE programs. Career and Technical Education is an important part of a well rounded curriculum, allowing stu­dents to integrate core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge and providing students with a pathway to post secondary education and well paying careers.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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