Schools, businesses join forces

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November 15, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Educators, business representatives and others gathered at the Rural Regional Technical Center at LaHarpe to brainstorm on collaborative efforts to train students for jobs that require technical education. From left, Kim Ewert with the Chanute Regional Development Authority; Tim Wools with Precision International; and Shane Walter, Crest USD 479 superintendent. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

Many Iola High School students will be looking for jobs upon graduation. Preparing them for those jobs should take a collaborative approach between educators, businesses, legislators and communities in general.

That?s the idea behind a meeting Thursday between those various entities. The event, sponsored by USD 257 at the Rural Regional Technical Center, brought together 34 representatives of area school districts, businesses, Chambers of Commerce, Greenbush, KansasWorks and Kansas Sen. Caryn Tyson.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 69.7% of high school graduates will attend college. College-bound IHS students typically are well-prepared, with a rigorous course of study in core subjects like math, science and English, Principal Scott Crenshaw said. 

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