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February 18, 2014

Duncan High teachers tour manufacturing facilities

DUNCAN — To better prepare students for work careers, Duncan High School teachers visited manufacturing facilities on Monday.

This was the second consecutive year teachers toured such facilities as part of a professional day they observe on Presidents Day.

Last year Duncan Middle School teachers toured workplaces.

The goal is to educate teachers about manufacturing programs in Duncan to make connections between classroom learning and possible careers.

Three groups, each accompanied by an employee of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, visited Southern Machine Works, MIC Group, Wilco Machine & Fab, Cameron Measurement Systems and Halliburton.

Sharon Edwards, a Duncan High School math teacher, was among the teachers that visited the MIC Group in Duncan’s South Industrial Park. Edwards asked questions to better understand the manufacturing process at MIC Group.

Teachers in other subject fields besides math and science also participated.

Among them were English teacher Sandra Hurst and band teachers Jeramy Haas and Andrew Orr. Physical education teacher Linda White said the tour gave her much to consider regarding her students’ futures.

White said she felt the tour was more productive than a business meeting.

By seeing the career field first-hand, she said she saw what students might be doing after graduation. She was surprised at what she saw.

“I didn’t expect there to be so much technology,” she said.

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