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February 19, 2013

DMS educators tour local manufacturing plants

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —  

To get a better handle on helping students make the connection with school and various career paths, Duncan Middle School teachers toured various manufacturing plants Monday in  Duncan. This will help them gain a better idea of what career options are out there for their students. The tours were part of the teacher’s professional development day. 
The Career Pathways program is in its pilot year, and Duncan Public School District is the host of this. 
The tours is just another step for the advancement of the Careers Pathway program and was set up by the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation.
“It’s been awesome so far,” DMS Assistant Principal Carol Bowles said about touring the various manufacturing plants.
The faculty was divided into three groups, each teamed with a DAEDF member, including Lyle Roggow, DAEDF president. Every group visited Halliburton. Some of the groups also toured MIC Group, Cameron Measurement Systems, Wilco and Southern Machine.
Sherry McGhghy, eighth-grade social studies teacher, said she learned quite a bit from tour the various sites and could see how the tours would be beneficial to teachers and students.
“My husband works at Cameron Measurement Systems, so I’ve been in that plant before,” McGhghy said. “It’s neat going through the different plants.
“It’s great we’re being exposed to what kids may be interested in.”
Assistant Superintendent Glenda Cobb said the idea behind the tours is to show teachers career possibilities students may be interested in.
Administrators and elective teachers also got to attend the professional development program. McGhghy said that some of the classroom teachers get an opportunity to attend the DAEDF Career Fair each year, but elective teachers don’t get that opportunity, which made Monday’s program important for them.
McGhghy said touring the manufacturing plants also showed there are options for students who don’t plan to attend college.
“There are jobs for people right after graduation,” she said. “They don’t have to work in fast food.”
Charlie Riddles with MIC Group, led the tour at the MIC Group Plant 1. Riddles talked to the teachers after the tour to let them know how positive Career Pathways and the related tours is for the manufacturing companies, teachers and students.
“This is the first time I remember educators coming out here and filling this gap,” Riddles said. “I think it’s a great idea.”