Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Randolph School is awarded state reVision grant

RANDOLPH —  Funds from a reVISION grant are being put to good use for the students at the Randolph School.
The purpose of the reVISION grant is to establish a clear vision for Nebraska career education.
The reVISION process is designed to bridge a gap for the students between education and employment, according to Randolph Supt. Jeff Hoesing.
“reVISION helps prepare students for an increasing technical work force,” Hoesing said.
Hoesing and a reVISION team, which included staff members from the Randolph School, gathered information and put a lot of effort into submitting the application for the reVISION Action grant last spring.
“The reVISION team formed the ideas for the grant,” Hoesing said.
A “College and Career Readiness” class was established. Students were introduced to new career fields by various speakers through the school year. Students completed one-day job shadows at Faith Regional Hospital, Northeast Community College, Cornhusker International, Floral Expressions, Avera Health, Central Valley Ag and several other locations.
One student completed a long-term internship at Central Valley Ag in the area of agronomy.
“The student arrived early on the job and stayed until around 10:30 before returning to school,” Hoesing said. “It was a positive experience for the employer and the student.”
Students that were interested in a teaching career observed teachers working in a subject area they were interested in by traveling to schools in Pierce, Laurel, Plainview, Osmond and other locations around the area.
The Randolph School was awarded a reVISION Action Grant in the amount of $15,900.
A portion of the funds will be used to purchase text books for two classes that have been added at the school: “Personal Finance” and “Intro to Health Care and Careers”.
“Students will learn about careers in the health-related field,” Hoesing said.
Local instructors will teach the classes.
The largest portion of the reVISION funds will be used to purchase industrial equipment for a school based business which was developed by the Randolph School.
CardinalCAM (computer aided manufacturing) Industries, a school-based business developed by the Randolph School’s Vocational Ag Department, exposes the students to “real world” work experiences that are currently found in a metal fabrication business.
The reVISION funds will be used to purchase a powder coating machine and a piece of industrial equipment called a slip roll, which the students will use in the school-based manufacturing business.
“We are very happy to have the grant funds as we may not have purchased the machinery without getting the grant,” Hoesing said.
The Nebraska Board of Education awarded reVISION grants to schools across the state to help develop Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development while strengthening high school Career and Technical Education programs.
Working in collaboration with postsecondary education, the workforce in the area, economic development leaders and community leaders, schools have the opportunity to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs.
The 2017-18 reVISION Initial grant participants included the ESU 1 Consortium which included the following schools: Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Hartington-Newcastle Public, Wynot Public, Allen Consolidated, Ponca Public and several others.
The reVISION Action grant helps school districts implement an action plan developed for the reVISION process. Only activities that align with high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations are considered for the funding. This year, 29 applicants applied for almost $1.2 million in Action Grants. The Randolph School was among the 14 districts receiving awards totaling $543,407. Local schools among the 2017-18 Action Grant recipients included Randolph, Wayne Community, Norfolk and O’Neill.