Governor participates in roundtable discussion

WEST ISHPEMING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is spending part of his week in the Upper Peninsula. On Tuesday, he focused on interacting with educators, skilled tradesman and more as part of his administration’s push in Careers in Technical Education (CTE).

Westwood High School was the site of a roundtable discussion between a number of key stakeholders in the community. Teachers, school administrators and students chatted with the governor about their CTE experiences.

NICE superintendent Bryan DeAugustine says students in his district have benefited from CTE programs, like building a home from scratch in Ishpeming Township.

“It’s an amazing thing for kids to take the academic side skills they learn with paper and pencil in the classroom and bring it out here and actually see it come to fruition where they design and build a project from the ground up,” said DeAugustine. “I think it’s a really great real world experience for them. It should serve them well in their life after high school.”

Before the discussion, Governor Snyder received a tour of the home Westwood students are building.