I believe the greatest responsibility a community has is to educate our children. In doing so we must provide them with an education that gives them the skills to become good citizens who contribute to their community.
We currently have over 100 students leaving our classrooms per year; most of them are from 7th grade through 12th. I feel this exodus is exacerbated by the lack of educational choices. Students, once they reach high school, are currently led into a college preparation track. While this is an admirable goal, it is not realistic:
The advantages to exposing a student to a vocational education is they will see there is another option if they are not sure college is the right outlet for them. Most of all, the students will have another reason to stay in the classroom.
75% of the jobs over the next ten years that will be created in Alaska will require less than a bachelor's degree education. These high paying vocational/technical jobs are now, and will be, available in Ketchikan. Our schools should expose students to all career opportunities. Our greatest economic resource is our children.
The choice, either way, for many is simple. The problem is that we are not currently giving them the tools to make one.
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If elected, I will work to
maintain our current level of education while expanding our offerings
to include more choices for our children.