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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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DWD and DPI Celebrate Career Development Month at Milton High
MILTON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Sharon Wendt today celebrated Career Development Month at Milton High School (MHS). State leaders were joined by School District of Milton (SDM) Superintendent Tim Schigur and several School Board Members, MHS Principal Jeremy Bilhorn and School to Career Coordinator Amy Kenyon, First Community Bank President Brendon Wilkinson and former MHS Youth Apprentice and current Madison College student and Kenworth employee Ethan Stewart, and other school, business and community leaders.
"During Career Development Month this November, the Department of Workforce Development has recognized training initiatives that help our youth prepare to enter the workforce," said DWD Secretary Allen. "We are proud to partner with the Department of Public Instruction and the School District of Milton to provide local high school students with innovative school-to-career options for developing high demand job skills and obtaining work experience prior to graduation."
DPI CTE Director Wendt said, "Career Development Month is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of academic and career planning for K-12 students. Milton High School serves as a strong example of how schools can integrate career development and planning activities into a student’s coursework. This helps students create a realistic picture of what they need to do to achieve their post-secondary education and career goals."
DWD Secretary Allen presented Governor Walker's November 2016 Career Development Month proclamation to Superintendent Tim Schigur at the event, highlighting the district's effective career development solutions that contribute to Wisconsin's economy by preparing youth for in-demand occupations to fill current and future job openings.
"I am proud to recognize all of our district staff for their efforts in providing such high-quality career development opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Schigur. "Their dedication is not only found in the student programming they provide, but also within the well established, strong partnerships our district enjoys with the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Public Instruction."
Following DWD Secretary Allen's remarks, MHS Principal Jeremy Bilhorn showcased the district's active school-to-career program partnerships with DWD and DPI, such as participation in Youth Apprenticeship (YA), Youth Options and other Academic and Career Planning efforts. He then offered guided tours of technical education classrooms, providing educators and students with opportunities to further explain the value of integrating career development programs into general education coursework. Tour stops included the Small Engines Shop and the:
- iCadet classroom where students learn customer service and technology skills while helping improve district technology through the development of a new online school registration application; and
- The Plant Sciences greenhouse where students learn valuable agriculture skills, like aquaponics and planting, caring for and preparing poinsettia plants for sale in the community during the holidays.
Stewart, who graduated in 2014, said," Milton High School's participation in DWD's Youth Apprenticeship program gave me real life experience in the automotive field while still in high school. It helped me figure out that becoming a mechanic was the right career path for me."
DWD's YA program was established in 1991 as part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative to help Wisconsin youth obtain paid, hands-on learning and job skills at a local employer worksites and complete their high school education.