High School Students Share Their Success Stories from P.I.C.

At the NCSD Board of Trustees Meeting on April 9 several high school students and staff shared with trustees the positive experiences they’ve had while taking and teaching courses at the Pathways Innovation Center (P.I.C.)

Welding student Karson Skalsky said he’s close to earning a certification in welding, an accomplishment he doesn’t think he could have achieved anywhere else in high school. Auto student Sean Pesicka-Taggart echoed that sentiment, “Pathways has changed it all for me. It’s opened plenty of doors for me to move on in my life and allowed me to do what I want to do.” Pesicka-Taggart has earned an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and a certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and credits Pathways for helping him land a job at Toyota.

Senior Garrett Clouser told the trustees, “Pathways has changed my life for the better. I need to be able to use my hands, and that’s what Pathways has given me.” Clouser has earned one ASE certification already and is working towards another. Construction student Andrew Ellbogen said P.I.C. is great for those students that may be going straight to the workplace, “Pathways sets you up with certifications and helps you get exposure to things you may be working with every single day. The experiences we have at Pathways aren’t available at other schools and that’s why I love it.”

Senior Jordan Alegria formed a connection with nursing instructor Amanda Mongar while working toward certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Alegria told the board, “I’ve learned things that I would’ve never pushed myself to learn. Mrs. Mongar has had a lot of belief in me and has pushed me to do more.”

The students spoke about their P.I.C. experiences to the board as a way of inviting them and the entire Casper community to a campus-wide open house at P.I.C. on Thursday, April 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All theprograms at P.I.C. will be featured and attendees will get a closer look at the projects students have been working on all year long. As Clouser concluded at the board meeting, “It’s an amazing school that needs to keep going the way that it is.”

The NCSD Board of Trustees congratulates these students and the other P.I.C. students for their great accomplishments this school year. The Trustees are excited to attend the Open House celebrating the unique program opportunities available to Natrona County students.


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