Career and technical education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. It allows them to pursue areas of academic interest while earning college credit and receiving valuable work experience. The Waterloo Community School District is actively pursuing the launch of two CTE programs in the fall of 2016; graphic communications and healthcare (nursing). Students at East and West High Schools will have the opportunity to take courses in these areas, receiving a quality education from experts in their prospective field.
The Waterloo Schools Foundation is excited to announce it made its largest gift in the organization’s history to support this new initiative on Wed., Sept. 21, 2016. More than $230,000 and 10 hospital beds were donated to cover start-up costs associated with the District’s new Career and Technical Education Health Sciences Pathway.
The Waterloo Schools Foundation was able to make this generous donation thanks to a number of community supports. Its greatest financial support, Pauline Barrett, donated $150,000 to support health education in Waterloo. Allen Hospital, Wheaton Franciscan, and Cedar Valley Medical Specialists were among other top contributors to this three-year fundraising campaign.