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Technical education instructor Tom Klatt, left, took questions about his classes from State School Superintendent Tony Evers.

Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers heard from students, teachers, and partners from the business community and higher education about career and technical education in the Hudson School District on a visit here Monday.

Evers said he was impressed with what he heard and saw about CTE in Hudson, especially the collaborations between post-secondary schools like WITC and Chippewa Valley Technical College and with businesses and industry in the area that offer real world experience to Hudson students.

Presentations included members of the Hudson Middle School science team that won the Siemens Challenge and two trips to NASA in Houston, Project Lead the Way pre-engineering teachers, students and industry partners like Stevens Engineering and representatives from WITC and Chippewa Valley Technical College who spoke about the dual credit opportunities for Hudson students at their institutions.

Evers said he was especially impressed by the efforts made by all parties to create a wide variety of opportunities for students and to make the process of working together as easy as possible. "I will tell the Hudson story when I visit elsewhere around the state."

HHS School to Work coordinator Melisa Hansen called the visit a success. "The students are the core of our efforts and reap the benefits of the sustained partnerships and continued work with all stakeholders. Today, all efforts were reflected in each of the presentations and were representative of the incredible systemic work from day to day in our district and with our community. Our students, staff, administration, community and post-secondary partners can be proud of all we shared today which is just a sliver of all that's good with our Hudson schools."

For more information about CTE in the Hudson School District contact Hansen at (715) 377-3800 or email her at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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