RCAS model could fit governor's plan

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The governor wants to get high school students more practical skills before they head to work or college.

The Rapid City Area School District is already working toward that same goal.

Last summer the district set up a committee to eventually redesign high school with an emphasis on workforce learning.

It's called RCAS Pathways and the goal is to line up a student with their interests and tailor a high school experience around those interests.
The pinnacle of the program is a capstone course juniors and seniors take which could take the form of the hands on learning the governor wants.

The district says the apprenticeship model works well for people over 18, but needs to be tweaked for younger students.

Melissa Miller Kincart is spearheading the model.

"They're pretty new to actually work with a junior or senior and so we are identifying partners than kind of want to look at that opportunity with us and then we really have to figure out the circular piece the soft skills piece and really what are those opportunities that a 16 year old can do," Kincart said.

Kincart says they have already lined up 58 work-based community partners for the pathways programs.