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PUYALLUP: District’s schools already offer job-related courses

Letter by Steve Fehrenbacher, Puyallup on Oct. 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm with 1 Comment »
October 22, 2010 2:13 pm

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.

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  1. marcellomancini says:

    Steve,

    Thank you for reminding me and the readers about the programs Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Puyallup and Walker High Schools offer. What a great thing to offer our students and with the Skills Center operational, the Puyallup School District now has flexibility in dealing with the serious overcrowding in their high schools since all Pierce County students are eligible to attend PCSC. In looking to the future, the district will need to explore all avenues to lessen the overcrowding issue as well keeping costs down. The school district must minimize any additional tax burdens to the PSD citizens. It seems a waste to have two identical programs available to PSD students. I guess the eight other school districts supporting this collaborative venture figured that out.

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