CCISD moving forward with CTE expansion for next school year

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette CCISD’s Auto Tech class is located in the basement of the former Lindrus Building in Hancock, where automotive repairs were done when the building was the home of an automotive dealer.

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District is moving forward with expanding its Career and Technical Education Program, thanks to the dedicated CTE millage that was approved last August. George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, said he is confident that all planned classes will be available by the beginning of the next school year. The promises made before the August election are still firmly in his mind.

“We promised we would be able to double the size of the program,” Stockero said, “while much of the infrastructure would be at the local colleges and universities. I want to say on Sept. 1, 2018, we are going to deliver what we promised. And so far, so good.”

Stockero said currently there are 198 students from throughout the Copper Country taking CTE classes at no cost to the local school districts, thanks to the millage passage. The CCISD has also been able to allocate $50,000 for transportation costs to the more distant schools, to help them to bus students to the classes.

“Not every school will receive transportation funding,” Stockero said, “but that money will be spread out among all our schools based on how far away they are.”

A promise Stockero made when requesting the millage was to double the size of the number of students who wanted CTE classes.

“I looked around at all the classes next year,” he said. “We have the capacity to double the amount of students we can handle. So, I’m saying next year, if every class was full, 400 kids can be accommodated at no cost to our local schools. So, we can handle up to 400 students next year, and maybe even more. But I know we can handle 400. So, again, that’s what this year is, building the infrastructure and the capacity for those students.”