New Grant Could Allow Fairbury Students to Explore Career Fields Through Vocational Courses

FAIRBURY – This story is part of a News Channel Nebraska 21 series, A Look Inside Fairbury: Community Projects, Local Businesses, and Future Growth.

In an interview with NCN 21, Fairbury Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Grizzle says he’s impressed with the community’s effort to operate and keep local industry and businesses going.

Because of this, Grizzle is looking into expanding the high school’s curriculum by adding some vocational courses through the reVISION process.

“It’s a grant based process that we’re going to work with them to analyze, look at, and hopefully improve and enhance, and expand our curricular areas in the vocational areas like agriculture, business and family consumer science and the shop areas – like the woodworking, the welding, and auto shop.”

Grizzle believes this could not only help students grow, but the community as a whole.

“There’s a lot of businesses in town and the surrounding areas that could benefit from us, and then we could benefit from them if we could form partnerships in some areas. So when the reVISION process came up, I was really excited about the possibilities. We contacted them and filled out the application for the process, and we were obviously granted that deal and we kick-off next Friday. They are going to come down with a team of people to help us look at our curriculum.”

Grizzle says that although he supports this curriculum change, this doesn’t mean that he’s not encouraging students to go on and continue their education at a four year college. Through this grant process, Grizzle wants students to also be allowed the option to explore potential skills and local career fields right here in Fairbury.

“Our goal with this process is to really bridge the gap between the kids that either want to go to college in agricultural settings, or in computer settings, to be able to find that niche here and continue on in college. But it’s also to help the student that maybe has a talent for auto mechanics, and maybe they don’t feel like they need to go to a four year college, they might be able to go to Southeast Community College – Milford and get their education in auto mechanics and come back and work here in town. I know there is a need for things like that. If they don’t even want to go to a two year program – they can learn the skills here in school, get an internship while they are here in school, then get hired by the company they’ve been interning with when they graduate from high school. It really has the potential of touching every kind of student that comes through here.”

You can learn more about this process by visiting the Nebraska Department of Education website.