Another important partnership was approved on October 13. An agreement was signed between USD 305 and Salina Tech that lays the foundation for the Public Safety Pathway being developed for USD 305 11th and 12th graders. It is scheduled to begin school year 2018-19.
Under this arrangement, the pathway will allow USD 305 students to earn both a high school diploma and a credential from Salina Tech. Specialized staff will be provided by Salina Tech, instruction will include City of Salina fire and police department employees and courses will be offered at South High School.
Solid student interest in this pathway as well as high demand and wages were reasons why the USD 305 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce identified this as a need. In Salina and surrounding rural areas there is a strong job outlook for fire and police employees.
This year an Introduction to Law, Public Safety and Security (LPSS) is being offered at South High School and for the 2018-19 school year Introduction to Fire Science and Introduction to Criminal Justice will begin. Course offerings will expand with Emergency Medical Technician training in the summer of 2019 and more courses will be offered the following school year. Thank you to our community partners who help provide outstanding opportunities to USD 305 students!
Front row: (l-r) Dr. James Hardy, USD 305 superintendent; Greg Nichols, President, Salina Tech
Back row: (l-r) Roger Soldan, Saline County Sheriff; Mark Grosland, Division Chief of Training, Salina Fire Department; David Turner, Battalion Chief of Operations, Salina Fire Department; Nedra Elbl, USD 305 Board President; Linn Exline, USD 305 Executive Director of School Improvement; Stephani Johns-Hines, Salina Tech Vice President of Instruction; Sean Morton, Salina Deputy Police Chief; Melissa Hodges, Salina City Commissioner; Brad Nelson, Salina Police Chief.