A new partnership hopes to better prepare local high school students for college and then the workforce.
John Wood Community College and Western High School in Barry are teaming up to start the STEM College and Career Academy. During a four week course, 20 high school students will learn math skills in class and online then apply what they've learned at local manufacturing and agricultural businesses.
One student says she thinks this partnership will be good for those who are unsure about going to college.
Western Superintendent Carol Frericks says giving students these real life job skills is a major leg up for when they go into the workforce.
"We believe that they will have the opportunity to experience work in agriculture and manufacturing with our partnerships with these businesses and also get an idea of what college courses they might need to take," said Frericks.
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