Last weekend seniors at Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie, Iowa wore caps and gowns as they participated in a graduation ceremony and received high school diplomas! Today the rest of the student body is celebrating their last day of school before a well earned summer break.
For those seeking higher education many graduates already have a head start on college classes. During the school year, technology is an important part of education for students at Southeast Valley High School and is powered by access to broadband from Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.
Over a number of years the school district has continued to build and invest in infrastructure for wireless access and implementing 1:1 computers for students. According to Tamara Hanson, TLC Leadership Coordinator, “This experience definitely prepares students for what they will face in college and the business or career world."
For students choosing a path to college, students are able to take up to 23 credits of college level courses through Iowa Central Community College online without the hassle of travel time (for the student or the teacher). This can be done through online computer classes or the ICN (Iowa Communications Network). WCCTA also connects the high school to the ICN which is a polycom system connecting to teachers at Iowa Central.
Hanson adds, “In the classroom there are so many cool things going on right now. Students are actively engaged with the ability to explore new applications and new ways to use technology. Broadband gives us the opportunity to really prepare students for the future."
Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association provides Landline Telephone, Digital TV and Internet service to 16 rural communities on a Fiber driven network just outside the Fort Dodge, Iowa area: Pilot Mound, Boxholm, Lanyon, Paton, Churdan, Farnhamville, Gowrie, Somers, Moorland, Knierim, Barnum, Clare, Thor, Badger, Vincent, and Duncombe. www.wccta.net WCCTA is Gigabit Certified and designated a Smart Rural Community by NTCA: the Rural Broadband Association.