CCISD and PHF Working in Tandem to Retain a Young Workforce in the Region

HOUGHTON – A major issue facing the copper country is an aging population coupled with a shrinking workforce. And that is why the portage health foundation and copper country intermediate school district are looking into how the organizations can work toward a common goal; keeping students coming back home to build their careers and lives. P-h-f has found that proper nutrition can play a role economic opportunities and the vitality of a community.

Some of the things we’re doing at the CTE Center now. We’re just finishing up a project. We’ve expanded some classrooms. We’re trying to stat a business program. We’re expanding our health careers program to do EKG certification, and we put a lab there. We’re taking the print shop, that’s currently at the CCISD building right now. We’re re-locating it to the CTE Center. With the hope that we can tie that with the graphic design program with Finalnda. – Jim Rautiola, Superintendent CCISD

P-h-f and the copper country intermediate school district both want to find ways of getting students to grow their skills into fulfilling careers. Whether that means a technical career or going on to higher education. C-c-i-s-d has begun expanding their opportunities for students, by expanding classrooms, starting a business program, and an EKG certification course. Working in tandem with p-h-f, both groups plan to help students grow into leaders in the community.

Portage Health Foundation

Copper Country Intermediate School District

More coverage on this topic from Thomas Fournier, through his work with Keweenaw Report.