Schools focus on career and technical education in February

Students at Seymour High School give a presentation to area leaders and State School Superintendent Tony Evers on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

SEYMOUR - Are students prepared for the work force after school?

It's an issue schools across Wisconsin are taking a look at this February.

One local school is being praised for its career and technology education programs.

As they welcomed the state superintendent Tuesday, students in Seymour showed off their business presentation skills.

It's all part of Career and technology education month.

"Business, agriculture, technology and then also family and consumer science prepares students for careers in those fields,” said Sydney Wilcox, a Seymour High School Junior, and Future Business Leaders of America member.

Seymour teachers say they're proud their programs have been highlighted by the state as successful.

“We offer classes here at Seymour they can take and actually earn college credit at Fox Valley Tech,” said Business and Information Technology Teacher Katie Grassel.

And teachers say they've tried to stay on the cutting edge.

"One of the things that we have most recently added in Seymour is a course that teaches web app development,” said Grassel.

Students at Seymour say they might be from a small town, but the career skills they are learning here will take them anywhere in life.

“It'll get you prepared for your future, so you know kind of what you want to do,” said Wilcox.

“I think these are great opportunities, because a lot of times we hear about the opportunities for students living in a bigger metropolitan area,” said Grassel.

But the state superintendent says places like Seymour provide a good environment for career partnerships.

“When the community and local businesses participate in what's going on in schools, it's a winning combination. I think you can pull that off easier in rural Wisconsin than you could in urban areas. So, Seymour is a good example for that,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers.

After giving their guests a grand tour, students like Wilcox said it was right back to business, as they start to plan their futures.

“At this point, I'm not 100 percent sure as to what,” said Wilcox. “I know somewhere in the accounting or finance area.”

Evers also visited Brillion High School, which has similar partnerships with local colleges and tech companies.