In a move to enrich the educational experience of its students, Swan Hills School is trying a new strategy in an attempt to introduce new junior high option courses under the Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) program for the upcoming semester starting January 31.

The school, which offers a diverse selection of option courses, is reaching out to the Swan Hills community to tap into the wealth of skills and knowledge harboured by its residents. The initiative invites community members with “mad skills” and a passion for teaching to come forward and contribute to the educational growth of the students.

Under the CTF program, students in grades 7 – 12 can explore a wide range of interests within various occupational areas and technologies. The expanded list of potential courses covers an extensive array, including (but not limited to) sewing, financial/accounting skills, arts and crafts, Indigenous studies, crocheting, gardening/horticulture, and computer skills.

Community members interested in becoming instructors will need to complete a volunteer package in accordance with Pembina Hills School Division policy. This package includes a Criminal Record Check and Intervention Record Check, ensuring the safety and security of the students. The school is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for both students and instructors.

The school is equipped to accommodate small classes, and a modest budget has been allocated for necessary supplies. As off-site instruction poses considerable logistical challenges, the preference is for on-site classes to ensure a seamless learning experience for students.

The junior high option classes are set to run for ten weeks, from January 31 to April 12. Classes will be scheduled from 2:35 – 3:35 on one day out of the school’s four-day rotation. This schedule requires a commitment of one day a week for 9 out of the 10 weeks and twice a week for a single week during the 10-week period.

Principal Sherry Pfannmuller and Associate Principal Kara King are leading the charge to connect with community members willing to serve as instructors for these junior high option courses. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact them directly at Swan Hills School at (780) 333-4471.

This innovative approach not only broadens the scope of education for students but also fosters community engagement and collaboration. Swan Hills School looks forward to welcoming passionate individuals from the community to share their expertise and contribute to the holistic development of the next generation.

By Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jan 17, 2024 at 13:45

This item reprinted with permission from   Grizzly Gazette   Swan Hills, Alberta

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