Partners in Education recognizedThe transition from having classes everyday to working 40 hours a week is often one of the hardest moves any young adult can make. Thankfully there are programs like Hudson High School’s “Partners in Education” to help create a seamless transition from school to a career.
By: By Jordan Willi, Hudson Star-Observer
The transition from having classes everyday to working 40 hours a week is often one of the hardest moves any young adult can make. Thankfully there are programs like Hudson High School’s “Partners in Education” to help create a seamless transition from school to a career.
On Thursday, May 27, Partners in Education had their annual recognition celebration at the Hudson House for the students who participated in the program this year.
After a celebration luncheon, Melisa Hansen, the School to Career Coordinator at Hudson High School, welcomed the students, their parents and the employers.
Sandi Kovatch, the Director of Learning Services at HHS, gave the opening remarks and was followed by the recognition of the students, parents and employers.
Hansen then talked about the program and the good it does for the community and the economy as a whole. She said that even though the “number of students in the program has declined due to the economy” Partners in Education is still a very important program that teaches students financial literacy as well as how to keep track of their money.
Hansen also made mention of the different activities and learning experiences that the students were exposed to this year at school.
The Raider Reality Store event was one such activity where students got the chance to pick a career and handle their budgets in order to learn what it was like to work in the real world and be responsible for their own money.
There were 40 community volunteers who helped with the event.
After a brief recognition of all the partners involved with the program Jim Wookey and Tara Bergerson, who both work for WESTconsin Credit Union, talked about their participation with the students and Partners in Education.
Wookey spoke about the new WESTconsin Credit Union site that opened in the school last week and how HHS is the third high school in which the company has a location.
He also talked about how the company is there “to help kids understand finances” and help them learn how to keep track of their money and improve their financial literacy.
The students of the Youth Apprenticeship came up to speak next about their experiences in the working world.
Students Brittany Jennings and Ashley Schaffer spoke about what it was like to work at the Christian Community Home as certified nursing assistants. Both women had two years of experience at as nursing assistants.
Kim Workman, also a student, shared her experiences working for Nor-Lake, where she did engineering work such as drawing designs for walk-in freezers. After working there for one year Workman felt “very hopeful” for her future because of all the experience she gained.
Keith Comstock and his employer June Hicks, who work at Weckwerth Residents, both spoke about how much Partners in Education has meant to them.
At the end of the presentation Hansen gave her closing remarks about how the program and all those involved should “keep students at the heart of our work.”