District 209, Proviso East, Honored for Career and Technical Education Best Practices
November 6, 2015 10:30 AM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and Proviso East High School recently were honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for "Best Practices" for two of their career and technical education programs.
District 209 received its recognition for its Cohort Learning Model in the Human Services/Performance Care category for its barber school and cosmetology program. The programs are conducted in collaboration with the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy and Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside, respectively, and were started during the 2014-2015 school year. Combined, they currently have about 60 students from Proviso East and Proviso West enrolled.
In addition, Proviso East was honored along with Triton College, Oak Park River Forest High School, and Ridgewood High School for "Sustainable Agriculture at Triton College." Led by Ms. Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher, students have maintained a garden on a lot on Madison Street across the Proviso East campus since last year.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the honors showed the growth of the new programs and the impact that they are having on students.
"One of our main goals is to develop opportunities for our students to succeed in a way that can be transferred into lifelong skills," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "These are programs that have proven to be successes, and it is always an honor to be recognized by our peers. On behalf of our students and staff, I thank DVR for this honor."