By Shawn Jennison, Director of College Relations
Nontraditional high school becomes a reality for Clover Park School District students on the campus of Clover Park Technical College. To make it official, a signing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Building 14.
Clover Park School District (CPSD) superintendent Debbie LeBeau and Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) president John Walstrum will officially sign a memorandum of agreement detailing how alternative learning programs in the school district will operate on the college campus and how CPSD students can access CPTC career-focused programs through the college’s Northwest Career and Technical High School.
The agreement also specifies how the two organizations will manage and share facilities on the CPTC campus.
“We are very proud of our relationship and partnership with the technical college,” said LeBeau. “This agreement signifies both educational institutions working together for the benefit of our students.”
“Partnerships like this help Clover Park Technical College create efficiencies that benefit the students, the community, and both organizations,” said Walstrum. “The high school students will have a unique opportunity to be on a college campus and be exposed to career training programs that will enhance their educational experience.” “It’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”
The two educational organizations have worked for more than two years on specifics of the agreement. In December 2008, an Alternative Learning Task Force, convened by CPSD, recommended partnering with the technical college to provide more career and technical programs for alternative learning students.
“We took those recommendations to heart,” noted LeBeau. “And, our students are benefiting.”