Clear and concise communication is vital to successful job performance in any field. The ability to process information and present ideas is essential for all students, whether they will enter college or the workforce after graduation. To prepare students for both paths, we must embrace literacy in our technical courses as well as our academic offerings.
We offer courses in freshmen, junior, and senior English. Each course provides students with instruction aligned to meet the Kentucky Core Content for Academic Assessment and with opportunities to integrate reading and writing into their technical courses. In each English class, students complete required units of study for each grade level, as they do in any high school. In addition to those units, students are encouraged to write about their technical courses in feature articles, editorials, narratives, newsletters, and proposals. Students learn about writing in the workplace by drafting various types of letters, and we practice workplace etiquette in emails and other forms of correspondence.
Mathematics is very important in the world of work. Having knowledge of mathematics and being able to apply the principles in a work based setting is most important. To prepare students for the workforce we must provide them with high quality mathematics instruction and we are striving to do this at Southside. Currently, we offer mathematics classroom instruction for Geometry & Algebra II with opportunities for tutoring in other areas that students might be taking at their high schools. In the near future, we hope to offer more mathematics learning opportunities through online learning. We also adjust content as needed to meet the needs of our technical students and can offer advanced course work.