By Tony and Janine Viveiros
As a grandparents of a grandchild entering Attleboro High School this fall, we, like other grandparents, want AHS to offer the best education possible to prepare the next generation to make the most of their lives in this highly competitive world of ours.
Like all area high schools, AHS offers many college courses. However, not every student can go to college for one reason or another and that's what separates AHS from other schools. AHS is a comprehensive high school offering a host of vocational programs. These “Career Tech Education” programs or CTEs provide students with a great opportunity to leave AHS with opportunities for well-paying careers. They also can enter an apprentice program or continue their respective vocation at a Tech School or college. Currently there is a shortage of trained personnel in many of these vocations.
On the popular program “This Old House Trade School”, the hosts encourage students to enroll into the building trades such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, etc. These particular trades provide not only well-paying jobs, but also highly useful skills to anyone owning a home that needs improvement. With the completion of the new AHS there will be additional CTE programs: HVAC, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting and Robotics, bringing the total number of AHS CTE programs to 16.
A new AHS will undoubtedly improve programs currently offered such as Culinary Arts, where students operate the “The Blue Pride Bistro”, a small restaurant open to the public. The Bistro offers upscale meals and pastries at very reasonable prices.
With college costs increasing every year, many students are being left out or postponing their college careers. Meanwhile CTE courses allow students to apply hands-on learning in real life experiences that complement their academic course work.
We need to provide our students with the necessary tools to ensure an even better education, not only for their benefit, but for our entire community.
We hope that our friends and neighbors will join us in voting “YES” on April 3rd for a new AHS.