Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Legislators Hear About College & Career Programs

Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford and representatives from Highland Park High School and Topeka High School spoke before the House Education Committee today. Committee members heard some of the educational opportunities being offered by school districts across the state to prepare students for college and careers.

Dr. Ford introduced HPHS robotics instructor Bruce Babin. He showed video of the robot he is using to teach Highland Park students about robotics. The robotics program is new this year and is a partnership between the school district, Go Topeka’s Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development Plan and Washburn Institute of Technology. Students who complete the robotics course can receive a certification with the job ready title of technician, operator or basic programmer.

Dustin Rimmey talked about the International Studies Program at Topeka High School. It is also new this year. The International Studies Program, or ISP, is a cross-curricular approach to providing students with a more global education. ISP encompasses 20 language classes and 20 elective classes and ends with a senior capstone project.