Friday, April 6, 2001
Minuteman HS focuses on technology
At the March 27 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee, Ron Fitzgerald, Superintendent of Minuteman Regional High School, presented an overview of the programs available to high school and middle school students in its district. Fitzgerald spoke of how these programs are focused on technology and geared towards experiential learners.
Minuteman offers high school students three study divisions:
The Science-Technology Division is for students who enjoy math and science and wish to pursue a college education in these areas. Biotechnology, environmental technology, and computer aided design are some of the areas where college credits can be earned senior year.
The Commercial Services Division is geared for students who wish to pursue customer service related careers, such as hotel and restaurant management and health occupations. Programs within the division include graphic communications and digital technologies, cosmetology, retail marketing and culinary arts. The option of preparing for direct admission to a two- or four-year college is available. College credit is often earned through advanced study and training with various colleges, universities and employment partners.
The Construction-Power Division is for students who like working with their hands, tools and machinery and are looking for technically skilled employment after graduation. Automotive, carpentry, electrical and plumbing courses are offered. This division also offers college programs.
Regular high school students have the option of getting hands-on training for two hours each day (from 8-10 a.m.) This program coordinates schedules and transportation with district schools, giving students the opportunity to get industrial arts training no longer offered at conventional high schools.
The Minuteman Middle School Outreach Service Project gives middle and junior high school students and teachers "hands-on" technical literacy and career training experiences. In this program, a teacher trained by Minuteman goes into district schools with a curriculum designed to help students to understand the use of subject matter in the real world.
Minuteman is currently seeking funding for a science center that the students will build. This center will offer college level courses in engineering.
This is only a sampling of the programs available. Fitzgerald invited committee members to visit the school and further investigate the options available. For those interested in more information, the school maintains a web site at http://www.minuteman.org.
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