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Monday, 14 October 2019 20:48

Foley, MN, Schools Expanding Industrial Technology Classes With New Building

Written by Abby Faulkner, WJON News
Foley, MN, Schools Expanding Industrial Technology Classes With New Building Abby Faulkner, WJON News



Carlson started teaching in the industrial technology department at Foley High School three years ago when the district added his position due to need. Each year he sees a handful of students graduate and head into manufacturing, carpentry and roofing. Others get into blockwork or concrete work. At least one or two each year pursue work as electricians or HVAC specialists.


“There’s at least one each year in every trade,” Carlson says. “They can start learning on the job right out of high school or get hooked up with a company that will pay for their two-year education degree.”


Carlson says, even without post-high school training, students are winding up with jobs earning $18 dollars an hour or more.


Foley Superintendent Paul Neubauer says developing the industrial tech department is part of the district’s overarching mission to offer students courses that match their unique talents.


“How do we meet the needs? How do we help kids develop the talents they have? How do we provide industry-standard experiences?” Neubauer says.


Neubauer says not all students want to attend two or four-year colleges after graduation.


“They’re headed into the world of work,” Neubauer says. “They want to know how to fix cars, change tires, weld. We have all the modules here to teach them, and they can step right into a job from high school.”


That’s conceptually how the building expansion came about, Neubauer says. “The building supports the programs – not the other way around.”


“All kids have talents. We just need to help them discover what those talents are. Once we do that, we need to be able to let them develop those talents.”


Construction on the industrial technology building is expected to wrap up in May of 2020 in time for the fall.


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