By Tim Kowols
The struggle to find qualified technical education teachers in Wisconsin continues to be a problem for school districts. According to WBAY, the shortage of teachers is forcing some to go back to school to take on an extra discipline while 80 percent of manufacturers polled by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance say they cannot find the talent they need. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says while Sturgeon Bay has been blessed to fill those positions, he says there is one tool his colleagues have relied on to fill the void.
Tjernagel says the concern also covers other career education courses like marketing, consumer sciences, and agriculture. Algoma, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg-Casco School Districts are joining forces to address their educational voids with the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy, where students can take coursework in manufacturing, agriculture, and software development at any of the three high schools.