Member Kudos: Meet Bay Arenac Intermediate School District

DashBoard, Feb. 4, 2015

Photo courtesy of the BAISD website.

Bay Arenac Intermediate School District is one of four districts to receive the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Practice Award from the Michigan Department of Education, recognizing exemplary practices in preparing Michigan's students for careers and higher education.

The awards recognize successful, exemplary state-approved Career and Technical Education programs and career initiatives. These are programs that demonstrate outstanding outcomes, produce measurable results for students and meet the challenge of high academic rigor. BAISD was recognized in the Career and Technical Education Program category.

The BAISD Career Center’s Engineering/Drafting program has a tradition of innovation and creativity that has led to post-secondary success for its students.

Through project-based learning and business and industry partnerships, students are immersed in the basics of technical drawing through use of specific software applications such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and Google SketchUp, as they work on group projects, experience hands-on applications and interact with professional demonstrations.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to utilize the program’s 3-D printer, which is an essential tool in many of the community projects in which the program has been involved. This STEM-based program enables students to develop these much desired and sought after competencies that are crucial skillsets in the global workforce.

The curriculum for this program is aligned with Michigan’s state standards, and as a STEM program, meets the employment needs for high skill, high wage, high demand jobs. This program also has focused on the recruitment and retention of special populations students, with a particular focus on students in programs that are nontraditional for their gender.

The SEEDS program (Students Exploring Engineering Dreams), was a collaborative effort with GM Power Train, exposing 8th grade girls to the field of engineering. The Career Center developed a manufacturing camp entitled “Camp Enginuity,” with a focus on Engineering. The camp was so successful that a second camp was developed. Another exemplary feature is the program encourages collaboration between disciplines, promoting teamwork and essential “tech tool” imperative in the global workforce. Working together with business and industry, colleges and universities, and other CTE programs, students receive a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to work collaboratively toward a solution to a real world issue.

Congratulations to the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District Career Center for receiving this award.

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