Yesterday was the Realtor Breakfast at Pike High School. I had attended several over the past years. It is a time when Realtors can become familiar with what Pike schools have to offer, which by the way, is amazing.
The Red Zone Cafe
This year it was held in the Red Zone Café which is a small restaurant run by students in the high school. The Café is a student learning program that provides a Culinary & Hospitality experience.
Superintendent Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter and high school principle Troy Inman spoke about all the things going on in the school system
I am somewhat familiar with Pike Schools because my son attended and graduated there in 1999. What I am always intrigued about is their STEM programs.
From a flyer that was passed out to Realtors;
Pike students have the opportunity to start their journey toward successful careers through a state-of-the-art Pike Career & STEM Center located at Pike High School. Programs that are offered include Cosmetology & Barbering, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Health Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to receive college dual credit and acquire skills from experienced faculty. Students may also earn up to three high school credits per semester in selected courses that will apply towards their high school diploma. Work-based experiences apply to most programs.
After breakfast and updates from Superintendent Dr. Flora and Principle Inman, we were taken on a tour of the building.
What impressed me the most was the hands-on experience that the students get in STEM classrooms. I was fascinated by the HVAC classroom where students were all learning how these systems work and how to repair them. The classroom had actual furnaces and air conditioning condensers lined up against the back wall that were used to instruct the students.
The computer classes allowed the students to learn how to write computer programs and apps to go along with them. In one classroom we saw students working on the different parts of computers. We were told that when in school computers need repair, they can be brought to the classroom for repair. They will also repair computers from the community if brought in.
Want a haircut? You can get one at a very reasonable price from the Cosmetology & Barbering class.
We also got to see the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) class, the Emergency Medical Services class, the media center, and the swimming pool.
When the tour groups interrupted the classes, the students were very disciplined and well behaved.
It seems that schools today must entertain students and train them for future endeavors.
Today’s high school classes are nothing like what my high school was like. Students can get vocational training and go right into a good-paying job.
Links to Website and Materials
Pike Township Schools Website
#PikeProud Newsletter – Week of 9-23-19
Pike Career and Stem Center_Program
2019 Profile of Excellence – MSD Pike Township
Career Center Advisory Board
Contacts and IDOE Data
Cosmetology-Barbering Service Menu
The Red Zone Cafe Menu 2019