The Hardin County Board of Education approved teaching positions tonight to add additional career pathways for students that will begin coursework next school year.
Students will now have the opportunity to take coursework in the following:
- Residential maintenance pathways (electrical, plumbing and HVAC)
- Criminal Justice
Students can also earn certification next school year in the following areas (HCS will use teachers already on staff for these certifications):
- Electrical construction engineering
- Diesel medium/heavy duty truck service technology
“Our goal is to ensure that our students have an abundance of opportunities,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “We know all of the career fields for which we offer coursework have a high demand for new and trained employees. It is our responsibility to provide students with the knowledge they will need to be successful.”
Mrs. Morgan shared with the Board that the students in some of these pathways could travel to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College several times per week to use lab facilities there. When students are not in the lab, they will receive coursework that will be presented at John Hardin High School.
The courses for which new teachers will be hired, just like all HCS career pathways, are open to students from all three of the district’s high schools (JHHS, Central Hardin High School and North Hardin High School).
“The employers in our community are eager to receive these students into the workforce,” Mrs. Morgan added. “The addition of these pathways is a direct result of the strategic plan we adopted in December. While forming the goals for the strategic plan, our stakeholders shared that we did a good job in providing opportunities, however, they were adamant in encouraging us to create more.”
There are 32 pathways listed in a catalog that is high school specific on the HCS website. The pathways are broken into columns that detail the coursework by grade level, type of certification (if applicable) and possible career fields in which employers would find that particular training helpful. The catalogs can be found under the “Students” tab of the website. Users can then select “Pathways Catalogs” from the drop-down box.
“We greatly appreciate the assistance we have received from the Lincoln Trail Homebuilders Association with these pathways,” Mrs. Morgan said. “They are eager to provide energy and other resources in helping our students have these tremendous opportunities.”