Graduation is such an exciting time for our students and their families. As a school district, we are very proud of the young men and women in our community who have completed the educational journey from kindergarten through their senior year in high school.
As we look to the future, high school graduation will continue to be an important life milestone. It is not, however, the “end goal” that it once was. Today, more than three-quarters of all jobs that our students have the opportunity to perform require some post-secondary education. In a world that demands highly honed skills and very technical training and certifications, preparing students for post-secondary opportunities has become a focus in our schools.
We are preparing students with the academic and organizational skills to be successful in any number of post-secondary education settings, including two-year college and technical training, four-year university programs and beyond, industry standard apprenticeships and the military. It is our hope that the skills students learn in elementary, junior high and high school build a strong foundation for rewarding careers that will allow them to become productive members of society.
In line with our focus on post-secondary success, the Puyallup School Board recently commissioned a team of staff and community members to examine highly rigorous and aligned academic options for junior high and high school students. As a district, we will continue to examine our course offerings and the quality instruction that is offered to insure that students are prepared for their future.
We are also developing partnerships with local colleges and universities to help students transition from high school to post-secondary education and remain focused on aligning our career and technical education offerings with established industry standards, therefore providing students with a “head start” on productive careers.
This weekend we will proudly present diplomas to our high school seniors. We are pleased to have partnered with our parents and our community in preparing our young people for the next step in their lives. Best wishes to the Class of 2014.
Tim Yeomans is the superintendent of the Puyallup School District.