Members of area businesses, school administrators and teachers from the local high schools came together and discussed what steps can be taken to ensure the success of future graduates.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kim Tucker started proceedings.
"I wanted a chance for all of us to be together in one room and present the opportunity to produce and develop ideas for the students," Tucker explained to the crowd. "In the hope of them pursuing a secondary education and to give us, as educators, a better understanding of what you, as employers, would expect from them,"
Everyone spent the morning watching informational videos about other high schools across the United States and the programs and techniques that are used.
"I like how the other schools had only six weeks of class time then they were in the enviroment learning from a hands on approach," Northview senior Ashley Clarke said. "I like how they were able to know exactly what they wanted to do before the went to college."
They then broke off into discussion groups. Ideas bounced off of each other on how to provide a more authentic program, how to develop it for students and providing the work force environment that they want while still being students.
"Our goal is to find a better way to integrate the information that is taught in the classrooms to the work experience that students want," Tucker said.
A survey was taken by area businesses in attendance about the work and readiness of the students with the intention of providing feedback to the administration and teachers.
"It was a worthwhile experience," Kendra Dierdorf, a Business teacher at Northview High School and North Clay Middle School, said. "It was a great to be able to discuss these issues with members of the community and find out what they need from us."
Tucker also felt that everything went well.
"I feel like this was a very successful event. I have received a lot of positive feedback from the business community as well as the teaching and administrative staff were equally pleased," she told The Brazil Times. "We have tried to give everyone an opportunity to collaborate with the school community in order to reach our goal to better prepare our student for their post secondary pursuits."