TECH-KNOWLEDGE-Y: Moraine Park program puts middle school students on career fast track

August 14, 2012

From fdlreporter.com:  “TECH-KNOWLEDGE-Y: Moraine Park program puts middle school students on career fast track” — FOND DU LAC — The winning combination of fun and learning was in full gear as 250 area middle school students experienced Tech KnowledgeCollege on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

Participants got a glimpse last week into college life and potential careers as they made movies, manufactured yo-yos, built robots, prepared gourmet dishes and perfected hair techniques.

Students from throughout Moraine Park’s district participated in hands-on learning through 20 different course offerings. There was something for everyone and the kids took away new skills in a variety of areas, from health care to culinary arts.

Moraine Park has hosted Tech Knowledge College for more than 20 years. Although sessions have changed to complement new and evolving technology, the purpose of the event has remained the same — to give students a chance to get a hands-on look at the skills and careers needed today and in the future.

“It’s very rewarding to see these students receiving the exposure to career and technical education and their excitement about it,” said Katie VandeSlunt, recruitment specialist at Moraine Park. “Even more fulfilling is to see how many students come back for the three years and then send younger siblings.”

VandeSlunt is involved with Moraine Park’s new student orientation events and saw many familiar names from Tech Knowledge College.

“What they’re learning at Moraine Park is resonating when they come back for their post-secondary education,” she said.

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