School district, businesses look at forming partnership

MANISTIQUE – Manistique Area Schools officials have begun meeting with area businesses and industries to discuss how the school district can better prepare students for jobs requiring skilled labor, according to Superintendent Kathy McDonough.

“I was contacted by Jon Johnson, Future Mark Paper, regarding the need within five to six years for skilled labor due to retirements,” McDonough said. “Those soon to retire workers have come from career prep programs 25-plus years ago that were … discontinued.”

The first meeting between the district and the business community to discuss technical career education was held March 25.

According to McDonough, business representatives expressed willingness to provide students with the materials and expertise needed to introduce them to technical careers.

During the March 25 meeting, short-term goals were set to resume job shadowing and visits to local businesses.