Career Pathways & Workforce Development
Growing a Skilled Workforce
The importance of a skilled an educated workforce cannot be overstated. In 2013, Hastings Public Schools partnered with Central Community College and the Hastings Area Manufacturers Association to develop a Career Pathways program for manufacturing. Area business and industry helped the schools to acquire advanced mills, lathes, plasma cutters, and more in order to start advanced manufacturing training at the high school level.
In addition to the new curriculum, machinery, and equipment, education and industry have established a joint task force to identify next steps in educating Hastings' future workforce.
In 2014-15, 140 students will walk into the manufacturing classroom and lab on a daily basis. These studets are critical thinking, hands on problem solvers. In 3 years of SkillsUSA competitions, Hastings High School has 11 state medalists in welding, curring, machining, and CNC Turning competitions. The program boasts back to back state champions in Precision Machining and CNC turning.
Hastings High School's Advanced Manufacturing course replicates the first semester of Central Community College's (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing program at the Hastings Campus. Students receive 12 credits toward this program during their senior year, allowing them to enter CCC a semester ahead of their peers. Students are better prepared for post-secondary education and better trained to more readily enter the workforce.
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