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Pathways Innovation Center Open House Celebrates Student Success and Program Opportunities!

Wendy Pollock, Vet Science/Ag teacher, shows a bunny to future students!
Wendy Pollock, Vet Science/Ag teacher, shows a bunny to future students!(Tanya Southerland, | Tanya Southerland, NCSD Director of Public Relations)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 5:06 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - With approximately 750 guests in attendance, the Pathways Innovation Center Open House was a resounding success celebrating the distinguished accomplishments of students throughout the year while showcasing the incredible opportunities available to NCSD students.

The event kicked off with attendees enjoying culinary delights prepared by the P.I.C. Culinary Arts students. While eating, attendees were treated to a brilliant musical performance by the NCHS Commerical music class.

Attendees of the evening had the option to tour the Core Construction class cabin, which is currently open for bidding. The cabin, a reoccurring yearly project for students, is built with support from Casper College and other community partners. This year, the NCHS Interior Design students put their artistic design skills on display as they worked to creatively and expertly “stage” it for viewing.

Down the hallway, a PT Cruiser sat on display, enticing attendees with the option to purchase a raffle ticket to win the masterpiece restored to its shining glory by Mr. Corson’s Automotive class. Moving to the other side of the building, if you followed the sound of the joyful laughter, you would find the youngest students in attendance enjoying the animal and greenhouse displays from the Horticulture and Veterinary Science student projects. Proceeds from the student projects go directly back to the student organizations to develop projects for future classes.

Students provided tours of the building throughout the event and shared their perspectives on the programs available to interested guests. A common theme of the night, “the ability to create your own future path and work towards your goals after graduation.”

Pathways Innovation Center Administrator, Lucas Dow, recognized the work that went into making the evening a success as well as those who have worked over the years to offer this exceptional opportunity to students in our community, “We want to recognize some tremendous individuals whose long-standing dedicated work and support has been instrumental in seeing Pathways grow into the exceptional program and opportunity for students that it is today. Thank you to our NCSD Board of Trustees, high school principals, and district administrators. Our open house event provided an opportunity to showcase C.T.E. learning and achievements that students could accomplish throughout the school year. I’d like to thank staff, students, and community members who helped make it a successful evening.”

Pathways Innovation Center (P.I.C.) is an extension of Natrona County’s high school system, providing opportunities for students from NC, KW, Roosevelt, and Midwest. Pathways courses of study include college-preparatory curriculum, industry certifications, portfolio development, and internships. Pathways offers advanced and professional coursework in the 11th and 12th grades, which build on introductory experiences. Experiences are aligned to student interests which fulfill community needs.

“We are so excited to share the incredible opportunities available for students at Pathways Innovation Center with students, families, and our community. If a high school student is interested in learning more about Pathways Innovation Center, they can visit with their high school counselor to get information on program opportunities, certifications available, and options to tour the PIC building,” shared NCSD Director of Public Relations, Tanya Southerland.

The Natrona County School District is committed to working together with students, parents, and our community to empower every learner to grow, excel, and be successful contributors to the community. We are incredibly fortunate to have the terrific students, staff, school families, and community members who go above and beyond every day, in and out of the classroom, to ensure educational excellence in Natrona County.

Great work, students and staff!

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