Vocational education needs partly met at BHS with Booneville campus available for other vo-tech classes.
As students returned to the classroom yesterday at Baldwyn Schools for the 2016-2017 school year, they were met with more vocational class options.
Last year BHS partnered with the Prentiss County and Booneville Vocation-Technology School to enroll 40 BHS students in vocational classes including Health Sciences I, Auto Services I, Business Fundamentals, Construction, Teacher Academy I, and Architecture and Design I. Students were bused from BHS to the Vo-Tech campus in Booneville each day.
Students are now able to take some of the vocational classes at the BHS campus. Business Fundamentals I-II and Business Finance/Accounting Fundamentals along with Teacher Academy I are now offered at BHS.
“These are our first steps towards offering vocational classes on site, and we do have plans to continue growing our vocational education,” BHS Principal Jeff Palmer said.
Students who choose to enroll in the other vocational classes offered at the Booneville vo-tech campus will continue to be bused each day to their class.
“Having on-site vo-tech classes helps us free up how many students we can enroll in vocational classes. Now that some students will be taking vo-tech classes here at BHS, that opens up more of the 40 slots for the Booneville campus classes,” Palmer added.
Other subjects that continue to be offered at BHS in the field of vocation-technology are Agriculture, STEM, Family Consumer Science, and Cooperation Education.
“Last year’s experience with students taking vocation-technology classes went well. Students were exposed to programs of study and careers that they had never been exposed to. We want to continue to offer programs of study that interest not just college-bound students. These vo-tech classes will be more career-oriented rather than academic,” Palmer noted.