Connie Conway visited Granite Hills High School's Career Pathway's on October 28.
On Friday October 28, staff and students prepared for a visitor with a lot of power. Connie Conway, Assembly member and minority leader of the Republican Party, took the time out of her schedule to learn more about the Granite Hills Career Pathway program. The point of her visit was to obtain a better understanding of Career Pathways and Linked learning, so that in the future, when discussing budget cuts, she would be better informed.
Jeff Bottoms was very pleased with the Granite programs, “I’m so incredibly proud that they offered the opportunity to us. I have faith in what we’re doing.”
Conway was greeted by students from the DDC, Digital Design and Communications, program and the Law, Justice, and Education program. They escorted her to the library where PUSD staff and people involved with the programs were able to mingle and talk about the programs.
“I’m excited to be here,” stated Conway.
Not all were excited to be at the event. John Corkins, former fair board president, was more than willing to leave when it seemed there were no seats left.
“I can leave!” said Corkins.
There was much excitement on the fact that Granite’s pathways are “home grown” and being built from the bottom up. They also discussed the need for 21st century skills in our work forces. Many agreed that the pathways help students get ahead of the game and teach them the basic fundamental advantages of today’s careers.
Andrew Peterson, a history teacher and organizer of the DDC program stated, “It’s a great opportunity for students. It’s a chance for hands on opportunities to learn how law works and why it is important.”
After the presentation, students escorted the group to rooms 205 and 206 to present a bit of background information on the Law and Justice, Digital Design, and Communication pathways.
Jed Hackett, a Law and Justice student said, “Meeting Assembly Member Conway was amazing. She was easy to talk to and was easy to relate to.”
The tour began first by taking the group through a 20 minute view of the DDC program, stopping by all classes to get information and a view of what it is the students do. Conway expressed her interest with the programs and even got in close to some computers in the online magazine to see what was going on.
After the DDC tour, Law and Justice took over and led Conway to the mini gym where there was a crime scene set up and project boards made to give a more in depth view on the program. There was a full blown investigation including a stride test where Conway was marked out of the suspect list.
Rachel Lamb, a Law and Justice student stated, “Her stride was way too small be the killer’s. It had to be a man.”
At the end of the Law and Justice tour, DDC and Law and Justice came together to create a high tech movie trailer directed by Conway herself.
By the end of the day, Conway was impressed and stated, “I am ready to go back to school.”
Photo above: Students at Granite Hills High School give Connie Conway a tour.(Photo by Jody georgianna)