SCSD1 Continues Work to Offer More Vocational Programs

SCSD1 Superintendent Marty Kobza
SCSD1 Superintendent Marty Kobza

Today's secondary education climate demands schools find new ways to help all students succeed after high school. Sheridan County School District 1 wants to make sure it caters to all students, even those who may not be college-bound.

District 1 Superintendent Marty Kobza.

Kobza, along with District 1 trustees, met with Sheridan College trustees and President Dr. Paul Young in November to brainstorm and discuss options for these types of programs. For a small district like District 1, it can be tough to fill concurrent and dual enrollment classes.

One of the issues District 1 discussed with Sheridan College in November - a popular topic among educators around Wyoming this fall - was the new UW admission standards. District 1 and the college agreed that if the admission standards may not benefit those students more more talented in or interested in career and tech. ed programs, furthering dual and concurrent enrollment could.

New standards passed by the UW Board of Trustees require four years of Math, Science and English, three years of Social Studies and two years of foreign language or humanities classes. With these cumbersome requirements, state educators have voiced concerns that class scheduling will become more difficult, therefore hurting vocational programs. The two entities agreed that the college and school district could work together in order to offer more courses and schedule flexibility.

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