Natural resources program available to students in the area


SAULT STE. MARIE – Brimley Area Schools has partnered with Lake Superior State University to deliver a natural resources program to students in the area.

The Natural Resources Program for Vocational and Technical Education was made available through regional funds of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District. The Eastern Upper Peninsula Middle School District Career and Technical Education Regional Millage was adopted by voters in 2017 to provide at least two vocational and technical education programs to all secondary school students in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. .

“Juniors and Seniors in the Upper Peninsula Eastern Middle School District can earn up to seven Lake Superior State University credits upon successful completion of the course,” said Tammy Rutledge, Career Administrator and L ‘technical education, in an e-mail. “The course focuses on the maintenance and conservation of our local watersheds and wildlife habitat. Any student interested in enrolling in the class can speak to their guidance counselor during planning for the next school year.

Rutledge added that students also interact with a wide range of guest lecturers in conservation and natural resources from state and federal organizations, including the US Fish / Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Local Soil. Conservation District, the US Department of Agriculture, as well as private organizations such as Anglers of AuSable and Ducks Unlimited.

“Students participate in a variety of labs and hands-on projects ranging from the capture, radio tagging and clipping of Atlantic salmon and lake trout in several local hatcheries to classroom labs focused on lake stratification. and soil structure, some of which are taught by professors and researchers at the Center for Freshwater Research and Education / Lake State, ”Rutledge added.

Brian Pyles, the state director of the Office of Vocational and Technical Education, visited a number of vocational and technical education courses in the region earlier this month. Pyles began his tour in the Freshwater Research and Education Center building and also visited programs at the Sault Area Career Center, Rudyard Schools and Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

Currently there are 22 vocational and technical education programs in Eastern Upper Peninsula schools. Vocational and technical education provides vocational skills for secondary school students and seniors, enabling them to join the labor market after graduation.

For more information, contact Rutledge at [email protected] or (906) 632-3373 ext 5128.

– Contact reporter Taylor Worsham at [email protected]


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