On January 31, Brainerd High School hosted the first Careers and Technical Education Open House to share the beautiful new learning spaces made possible by community support in our 2018 bond referendum. Passing this referendum gave the district the green light to begin construction of a new Baxter Elementary School, repurposing all six elementary schools and remodeling the north and south campuses of Brainerd High School.
Our original intention with Monday’s open house was to give our business, government and community partners the opportunity to see the innovative classrooms and continue the work connecting technical education students with our local leaders and supporters. . Given the strong turnout and response from our guests, we will be hosting future events to support the strong bonds between our community partners and the students of Brainerd High School.
During student-led tours, guests were able to see their investment first-hand and visit career program teaching staff in welding, woodworking, agriculture (plant and animal sciences), engineering, robotics, business, video productions, aviation, family and consumer sciences (culinary arts, interior design, child development) and work experience placements work in the community.
Innovative learning spaces and high quality staff are the foundation of successful career path programs. However, the community partnerships we have cultivated are key to taking a technical education program from good to great! Our community partners speak in classrooms, judge “Shark Tank” competitions for our entrepreneur classes, host tours of their businesses, provide mentorship to robotics team members, and demonstrate cooking skills to aspiring leaders of BHS.
We are grateful for the financial support of our community, but also grateful to our business partners who share their expertise, experiences and time with our Warrior students. These experiences provide students with an invaluable opportunity to explore career paths and possibly their future vocation.
Strong schools come from strong communities. Brainerd High School shares an attitude of gratitude to many for making this event a reality! First, our gratitude to our event sponsors: Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. and Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Both of these organizations are committed advocates to support healthy and thriving businesses and organizations in our Lake District. We are also grateful to our education partner, Central Lakes College, for offering post-secondary programs that align with our coursework at BHS. This partnership can accelerate a student’s path to a technical career, saving time and money. In addition to our sponsors of this event, we are fortunate to have so many other local organizations that support specific BHS technical education programs.
Thank you, Warrior family!