Career and Technical Education has recently secured three grants to further programs at the Natural Science Resource Center, robotics, and Jobs for Washington Graduates (JWG).
Natural Science Resource Center
Seattle's Les Dames d'Escoffier awarded Franklin Pierce School District's Natural Science Resource Center (NSRC) with a $3,000 grant to assist in expanding the garden area to become handicap accessible, repair the irrigation system, and purchase garden tools and other implements for classroom use.
Franklin Pierce High School's Robotics
Washington First Robotics awarded Franklin Pierce High School Robotics with a $3,000 grant to cover the entry costs of the First Robotics Competitions in February and March. Students take the theory and skills they learn in class and apply them by building competition robots in an after-school club. The program greatly enhances student skills in math, science, and technology.
A parent of the program, Trudy Rader, was also successful in securing a $1,000 grant from Multicare to support the program.
Jobs for Washington Graduates (JWG)
The Florence Kilworth Foundation and the Fuchs Foundation awarded Franklin Pierce School District a combined $3,500 award to support students that are participating in the JWG program. The grant will provide each JWG student with a professional outfit suitable for interviews, job shadows, company tours, and employment, which helps provide a sense of worth and seriousness to their job-related activities. The funds will also be used to pay for identification cards, educational tests, and industry certification fees (such as food handler's cards) that give our students an advantage in their search for employment; provide bus passes, which enable students to get to continuing education (college, vocational training) and their place of employment; pay the cost of GED and COMPASS tests and college application fees; purchase school supplies and healthy snacks; assist with expenses associated with trips to career fairs and workplace tours; and help purchase laptops for the classrooms for resume building, job searches, and employment applications.
Congratulations to the students and staff of CTE. Thank you to the funders who have made these opportunities possible.