During the Kiel Area School District board meeting on Feb. 3, Dr. Brad Ebert and High School Principal Eric Ward presented an update on the Expand the Trades at All Levels section of the Strategic Plan.

By partnering with Lakeshore Technical College, the district has increased the dual credit offerings in the technical education area. The district implemented an Information Technology Pathway with LTC during the 2020-’21 school year. The district also has partnered with Amerquip to renovate the high school welding area and implemented Industry 4.0 partnership in the 2020-’21 school year.

The district is working with Inspire Sheboygan. Inspire Sheboygan connects students with area businesses to help provide real world perspectives of work through job shadowing, youth apprenticeships, and youth co-op. KASD hosted a career cluster with local businesses. Career cluster groups are careers which have common themes. Currently there are eight businesses interested in partnering with Inspire Sheboygan.

KASD has an updated course description booklet that includes Academic Career Planning information. Students can find out what dual credit courses are offered, clubs to join, and classes to take for career and college pathways. It is important to start students on learning about these offerings in eighth grade. The booklet was featured at the ACP Conference.

During the board meeting, the board recognized the girls cross country, boys cross country, and girls swimming teams which participated in state competition. The boys cross country team took second place overall in the State Meet.

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