Tech Ed Champion

Tech Ed Champion

Fall 2019

| By: Britten, Casey

Seymour teacher breathes new life into tech ed program with help from Wood Manufacturing team.

In 2017, officials at Seymour High School were looking to revamp the tech ed program. After 23 years of teaching social studies, Staci Sievert volunteered to be retrained to lead this project.

“I met with FVTC Wood Manufacturing Technology Department Chair Mark Lorge to develop a schedule that allowed me to take wood manufacturing classes while continuing to teach,” she explains.

Staci took four classes, which were instrumental in reviving the tech ed program. She reworked the curriculum and upgraded equipment to be more aligned with industry standards. 

“We’ve now begun working with other FVTC instructors in the welding and metals programs to update those classes,” Sievert says. “Students have responded. Our enrollment has nearly doubled in just two years.”

100% grad employment for Wood Manufacturing Technology grads

Source: 2019 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report

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