MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School will offer several new classes over the next few years covering such diverse topics as fashion, statistics, and even firefighting.
School officials say these courses are a direct result of input received from students and local business people.
The additional classes are not expected to be a major expense, since existing faculty will teach them, said Superintendent Michael Smith.
“We’re real happy that we’re able to continue to expand our programming and offerings for students,” Smith said. “We’re doing it cost-effectively in a financially challenging time.”
The new class offerings for the 2014-2015 school year were approved by the MVTHS Board of Education Oct. 21.
Included are courses for the regular student curriculum at the high school, and those for the Area Vocational Center.
New regular school courses next year will include: a probability and statistics math class, new advanced placement science classes, a freshman seminar class, and an advanced placement studio art class.
The freshman seminar class is essentially an extension of the school’s Freshman Academy, said Assistant Superintendent Rob Pipher.
As part of the course, students will work on setting achievement goals for high school, college, and beyond, Pipher said.
Pipher said this class will be a benefit to both students and faculty at MVTHS.
“It’s to make sure over the four years, we do what we need to do to prepare them for what their goal is,” Pipher said.
Next year’s new AVC classes will include two fashion-related courses: one covering the actual clothing materials and the other having to do with merchandising.
MVTHS officials have heard from local clothing retailers who are having a difficult time finding qualified employees, Pipher said. The new fashion courses could help alleviate this problem, he said.
“They want employees with this knowledge. It’s beneficial to their business,” Pipher said.