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Lawrence to Offer Construction Skill Classes

Vocational program may be a "hook" for many students, superintendent says.

Plans for a vocational program at are moving forward, according to the superintendent of District 15, and students will have the opportunity to build construction skills come September.

The classes will develop skills in the fields of plumbing, carpentry and electrical, among others. The district is partnering with the , where the classes will take place.

Superintendent Gary Schall said that some students have expressed interest in developing these kinds of skills and going into those professions.

“For many students, this will be their motivation for coming to school,” he said. “This could one of the things that could be their hook.”

The district will offer classes in the morning and afternoon with groups of eight to 10 students. It will be a sort of throwback to when students went on a vocation track instead of college — but Schall said that’s not the goal.

“There is the feeling that you provide this for students that aren’t college bound, but that’s not the case,” he said. “We believe all students are college bound.”

BETTE March 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Three cheers for Lawrence!!!! As a retired teacher who taught for thirty years and am myself a graduate of the Lawrence school system (as are my own children), I am proud that the first time I have heard of a sensible educational decision in many years it has come from the Lawrence school system. Hopefully, others will follow.
Stephen J. Bronner March 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Thanks for the service and the comment!
Barbara Saber March 31, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I too am a retired NYC teacher. We need plumbers, electricians and contractors. Some of the students attending high school would be very successful in vocational classes. Personally I think that EVERY student graduating high school should take some vocational classes. How manyhonor high school graduates have never changed a flat tire or know how to change a washer for the sink . Lawrence school system is doing a fabulous thing by adding this program to the school.

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