The Appleton Technical Academy, or A-Tech, a public charter school operated by the Appleton Area School District within Appleton West High School, is providing unique career training opportunities for students interested in manufacturing, according to an article in the Appleton Post-Crescent.
The article includes an interview with Paul Lindberg, a WEAC Region 3 member and lead instructor at A-Tech, which has 76 students in grades 9 through 12. Students can pursue tracks in welding, machining, automated manufacturing and mechanical design.
Lindberg said the tracks were determined by the governing board made up of local business leaders in the manufacturing field and Fox Valley Technical College, and are the career areas with the most jobs and the most need.
According to the Post-Crescent article:
Lindberg described the program as a “gradual release” into A-Tech classes. As freshmen, students spend two hours in A-Tech a day during which they get a broad sense of the topics covered. Sophomores are in A-Tech all but one hour, which is devoted to life science. By the time they’re juniors and seniors, if the students have done well in classes and don’t have another commitment like band or a foreign language, they’re fully immersed in A-Tech.
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CLOSE APPLETON – Grace Dempsey sees a direct relationship between her schoolwork and the path she’ll take in her future career. The 16-year-old high school junior has learned to work with lathes and mills, read blueprints and calculate exact measurements.