By LIBBY CLUETT
In concert with Mineral Wells Industrial Foundation's Steve Butcher, City Manager Lance Howerton and community business members, Mineral Wells ISD trustees and Superintendent Gail Haterius recently visited the John A. Dubiski Career High School, a Grand Prairie ISD public school of choice.
At Tuesday's board meeting MWISD Board President Joe Ruelas reported on this Dec. 4 site visit to the school, which he said offers students an “opportunity to move on or excel in a certain direction.”
He said the school's students work with companies to find them jobs after high school, as well.
“The school does not look like a school, it looks like a business,” noted trustee Maria Jones. She said there are no bells. Instead, she said students pay attention to their watches and clocks as if at a regular business.
She said the school has a print shop to print materials in house, while giving students the graphic-arts learning experience.
Jones said students take the core classes and then have career pathways.
“Their whole focus is on [career] education. Even students going into cosmetology – even though that might not be something they want to build a career on – it gives them a skill where they can work while they are going to school, if they need to, or to save up money for a year before going to school,” she said. “Most kids have an internship and they are working for businesses that are partners with the school.”
She said students can become certified or licensed to work in jobs in the community while furthering their education.
“Their extracurricular activities are FFA, DECA and SkillsUSA,” she added, in addition to some non-competitive clubs and organizations, like student council.
The resources of the school go directly into educating the skills of the students, Jones noted of the five-school Dubiski campus.