A charter was formally signed Thursday establishing opportunities for students at Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco high schools to earn college credits by taking courses at any of the three schools through a partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp.

Called the Ahnapee Regional Technical Academy (ARTA), the partnership is the result of about two years of conversations, said Nick Cochart, Algoma superintendent.

“I think the biggest thing that comes out of this is we have school districts and NWTC working together so that our students are afforded the opportunities that they deserve,” Cochart said prior to the signing at Algoma High School. “Each one of our districts has some expertise in certain areas that we’re able to hone in on, in times of being asked to do more with less.”

ARTA signing

Signing the Ahnapee Regional Training Academy charter are Jeffrey Rafn, president of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Nick Cochart, superintendent of the Algoma School District; Karen Treml, Kewaunee superintendent; Glenn Schlender, superintendent at Luxemburg-Casco; and Jennifer Brown, executive director of the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp. Algoma students participating in the new partnership’s programs are, standing from left, Carly Baumann, Krista Smidt, Kyle Gau, Tori Schmidt and Julia Naze. Kewaunee County Comet photo by Warren Bluhm

The school officials emphasized that students will remain a part of their home schools and continue to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities connected to the high school they plan to graduate from.

“As smaller school districts, it’s harder for us to offer all the opportunities bigger districts offer,” Kewaunee Superintendent Karen Treml said after the signing. “This is a way that we can begin to do that.”

For the fall of 2017, Algoma will share its classes in CNC, machine tool and emergency medical technician; Kewaunee will provide classes in agriculture, welding and electro-mechanics; and Luxemburg-Casco its IT-software developer and advanced placement coursework. The Nursing Assistant program at NWTC’s Luxemburg Regional Learning Center is also a part of the ARTA partnership.

There are no additional fees for students who attend classes at other schools, although they are responsible for their own transportation. Many of the academy classes are scheduled in the second half of the school day, allowing students time for classes and for returning to their home base for after-school activities.

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