In 2021, Moose Lake Community School joined the Lake Superior Perkins Consortium. Perkins is a federally funded program designed to improve and develop high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs. The Minnesota Department of Education defines Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs as “a sequence of courses that integrates basic academic knowledge with technical and vocational knowledge and skills to provide students with a pathway to educational post-secondary education and careers”. Through this new partnership, MLHS has access to an extensive network of industry and education professionals to help us deliver excellent CTE programming to our students.
CTE courses are an important part of our elective course offerings at Moose Lake High School. To ensure high-quality programs, Moose Lake has increased the number of state-approved CTE programs of study in recent years. State approval of CTE is a rigorous process requiring alignment of curricula, standards, and assessment with college and industry standards. In 2020, we added state-approved CTE programs in manufacturing as well as architecture and construction. These are curricula as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education. As part of the Architecture and Construction curriculum, we offer the following courses: Home Maintenance & Repair, Carpentry, CADD, General Construction, Intro to Woods Tech & Finishing, and Woods Tech 2.
In 2022, we received MDE CTE program approval for a degree program in Digital Media Arts. This fall, we will also be updating our business curriculum, which will include college credits articulated through Lake Superior College for our personal finance course.
In addition to the opportunity to enroll in state-approved CTE courses, all of our MLHS grades 9-12 students participate in our Ramp-Up to College Readiness Program and Career Readiness Program during their advisory course. Ramp-Up to Readiness is a program from the University of Minnesota that addresses five essential areas of career and college readiness: Academic Readiness, Admissions Readiness, Career Readiness, Financial Readiness, and Social Emotion Readiness. Parents play an important role in helping their children prepare for their future careers. Parents can learn more about this program and download their free family guide at www.rampuptoreadiness.org.
Billie Jo Steen is Superintendent of Moose Lake Community School. She can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 218-485-4435.