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Workforce Wednesday: TigerPath Academies

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  
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The MPMA youth skills training bill that has been proposed at the state Legislature will help schools like Hutchinson High School expand programs beyond the high school walls and get students hands-on training at the employer site.

Hutchinson’s initiative, TigerPath Academies, have been created with the idea of merging traditional education with hands-on experiences rooted in real-world workforce opportunities. Classes begin in middle school or high school, and include four academies: STREAM, Sci Hi, Business, and Human Services.

Manufacturing is part of the STREAM Academy, and over the course of four years, students train for precision, high-tech manufacturing jobs. During their senior year, students participate in on-site internships with Hutchinson manufacturers. Interns can train in one or more of the following areas: basic welding, advanced welding, machine tool operations, CADD, engineering and design, electronics, robotics, woods, construction technology, and architectural drafting. After graduation, interns can continue working with the company and/or continue their education.

Hutchinson High School is currently undergoing major renovation, including redesign of their career and technical education center to enable the school to offer expanded manufacturing and tech ed programs.

The MPMA youth skills-training bill will help Hutchinson’s TigerPath Academies expand manufacturing internship and apprenticeship opportunities to students in their junior and senior years of high school.

MPMA’s Lobbyist Amy Walstien, who toured Hutchinson High School in early February explains: “The MPMA bill will enable schools like Hutchinson to provide stronger work experience to students. TigerPath STREAM students will receive the benefit of strong foundational tech ed training at the high school’s new career and tech center, and then apply their skills in real-world work settings with local employers.”

3M has invested in TigerPath Academies to help encourage more students to explore and choose manufacturing careers.

Hutchinson-area members are encouraged to sign up to offer internships to students. To learn more, visit: www.isd423.org