Re: “Puyallup missing an opportunity” (letter, 10-22).
The Puyallup School District made the right choice by not participating in the Pierce County Skills Center. There are plenty of opportunities for Puyallup students to take courses that prepare them for non-college life paths.
The district has provided a great service to our youth by opening the new technology center at Puyallup High School in September 2008. Some courses offered include culinary arts, medical careers and automotive technology. Many other career programs offered by the district at Emerald Ridge and Rogers high schools.
As an example, the auto technology program is a three-year program that gives students an opportunity to start work with above-average wages at local dealerships in the South Sound. They can graduate certified in multiple automotive disciplines. We have students working at BMW Northwest, Larson Chrysler and Milam Mazda, to name just a few.
It’s unfortunate that the letter writer, who has sought to be a member of the school board in the past, is unaware of these advanced non-college programs that are available at our high schools. Instead of being so critical of our school board, he should take some time to understand our district programs and what we have to offer.