New classes will be offered for 2018 school year

Daily Mining Gazette file photo CCISD superintendent George Stockero said new career and technical education classes will be ready to offer for fall term.

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District is moving forward quickly in developing classes in the Career and Technical Education department. George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, plans to have classes ready by September 1, 2018.

The new classes are not just in construction and welding, auto tech or health careers, Stockero said, nor will classrooms need to be constructed. Most of the classes will be taught at the local college and university campuses.

“We still have more classes to plan,” Stockero said. “We are planning computer classes through Michigan Tech. We are planning Early Childhood through Gogebic Community College. We are planning Marketing and Graphic Design through Finlandia, and we are planning Culinary through the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College.”

Details are still being worked out, Stockero said, but all four colleges are set to go, and classes should be ready for the 2018 school year.

“We hope to have everything — we know we will have everything in place — by Spring,” he said, “so we’re still working on this.”

Stockero said he is excited by the progress of the CTE expansion, and that the two colleges and two universities have been great partners.

“We talk to them to monthly about what else needs to be done,” he said, “and we’re working on it, so we’re having those meetings and I have been very impressed with what our community support.”

When Stockero began working toward requesting the CTE dedicated millage that passed last August, he had said the CCISD would have to invest very little money in building or developing classrooms.

“The only major infrastructure that we have to do is the welding and construction class in the Lindrus Building,” Stockero said. “The rest is with the help of the universities and colleges.”