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August 8, 2013

Laurens-Marathon HS Transition Mini Grant Update

by Diane Twait Nelsen

The Laurens-Marathon High School Resource Program used their transition mini grant to expand their knowledge of 4+ programs and the trucking industry.  The group, under the leadership of Laurens-Marathon High School Resource Teacher Brenda Gonzales, used their grant funding to motor to Fort Dodge Iowa where they were able to visit both the VESS Program at Iowa Central Community College and Decker Trucking.  Several students in Mrs. Gonzales class have an interest in continuing their education through a 4+ program or at a community college, so this visit was not only interesting to them but relevant to their transition planning in the future.  Decker Trucking was chosen as an industrial site to visit based on student interests also.  Again the students were impressed with what they found out about the trucking industry.  Multiple types of jobs from office work to dispatching, to mechanical work, and to semi truck driving were all observed.  The students also had the opportunity to observe the technology that Decker Trucking uses to keep track of where their trucks, drivers, and loads are.  Mrs. Gonzales noted “I was glad that the students had the chance to experience the VESS Program and the guys loved Decker Trucking.”  She also noted that the mini grant was a great incentive to expand both teacher and students knowledge base and it was well worth their effort.  Additionally, following the mini grant trip experience one student was motivated to go on a community college visit with  family  members and others used their high schools technology to  explore on-line college tours.  If you have any further questions about Laurens-Marathon’s experiences with their mini grant you may contact Mrs. Gonzales at the high school.

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