Basic courses in high school academics and athletics have always been at the top of the list in receiving scholarships and rewards from universities, as they should. However, high schools are taking the steps to sharpen the skills and talents of their students in every way possible in preparation for life.

Brown County high schools offer quite a bit of certification on their campuses to assure their students are graduating prepared to compete in a very competitive job and college market, according to high school counselors of Brown County.

Among those offered on campuses are Culinary of Arts, OSHA, Technology, and Welding certifications. Students are also taking advantage of popular programs such as attaining associate degrees, cosmetology and CNA certifications through local colleges.

Bangs High School just added a CNA program to their curriculum, math teacher Cindy Richardson said. And upon speaking with Bangs ag teacher Caleb Gamblin in October before his team competed and took fourth place at FFA Nationals, he said his students are being prepared to enter the workforce, if they choose to do so, with the high school preparation they receive in Ag, and that is a key component in teaching the course for him.

Gaining work experience and hands-on training in the field in which you’re earning an education or planning to work in is priceless. Most professions start with a passion for a certain area in life in grades 1-12, teachers have expressed to the Bulletin. Those in the workforce for years now are being quoted as stating they train most students who have amazing educations but are without hands-on training.

Which are the exact reason rapper and businessman Dr. Dre just invested $10 million for a Compton High School Arts Center. The new facility will feature state-of-art equipment, 1,200- seat theater and will be open to the students and members of the community.

“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve. The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future,” Dr. Dre is quoted stating in Rolling Stones Magazine.

Looks like we’re bridging the gap.