LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Monday toured Cassopolis Public Schools’ Ag-Science program at the reopened Red Brick School. Proos met with Cassopolis schools superintendent Tracy Hertsel and school board member John Bright about the program, which allows students to spend half of the school day earning English, math, computer and elective credits in an agriculture-based curriculum.
“This is an innovative opportunity for Southwest Michigan students to get a hands-on education in agricultural science,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Initiatives like Cassopolis’ Ag-Science program provide educational experiences that help schools to meet the needs of every student. While it is good news that programs focused on career and technical education like this one are opening throughout the state, more must be done to encourage all schools to offer these types of opportunities and ensure all Michigan students are prepared for a successful career.”
Proos has sponsored Senate Bill 66, which would help more schools bring technology-based learning to classrooms and promote collaboration between schools, community leaders and job providers in order to incorporate career-based learning into the curriculum.
Cassopolis schools this year opened the redesigned Ag-Science program at Red Brick School, which had previously been closed. The Cassopolis FFA program continues to be a national force as it will send two state championship teams to Louisville, Kentucky to compete.