Stamford’s new Career Pathways program launched with student-built drones because college isn’t for everyone

STAMFORD — In an auto shop classroom near the loading docks at Westhill High School, a collection of incoming sophomores were hard at work last week building their own drones.

Leading the way inside were Jesse Glaude, a wood shop teacher at the school, and Adam Scianna, director of early college studies at Stamford High School.

The summer workshop was not meant to help students recover credits or catch up on material like typical summer school classes, but rather to introduce a new manufacturing course the district hopes to build in to the curriculum starting this fall.

“What we really want to build this into is a manufacturing career pathway, teach students what types of jobs are out there,” Glaude said.

Manufacturing is just one component. The district’s recently created “Career Pathways, Workplace Learning & Apprenticeship” system is meant to help guide students interested in a number of topics so that they can enter career fields after graduation or use the experience to better inform their college studies.

The program is designed so Stamford students with an interest in agri-science, culinary arts, finance, marketing, STEM and other areas can follow a progression of classes to gain experience and knowledge in each.

Claudia Berlage, a former assistant principal at Stamford High School, is heading the Career Pathways department.

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