RCAS Strategic Plan Pt. 5

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© Canyon Lake Elementary student working on a computer during class. Sept. 8, 2017 © Canyon Lake Elementary student working on a computer during class. Sept. 8, 2017
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Part 5 of the Rapid City Area School District’s Strategic Plan makes the other four goals possible through partnerships RCAS has developed throughout the community.

Partnerships with local businesses give students the opportunity to explore their future, and take the lessons they've learned, and use them in real life experiences.

"We are totally open to saying we cannot do this work alone,” said Director of Strategic Partnerships and College, Career and Life Readiness, Melissa Miller Kincart. ”And we need to be utilizing the expertise we have within our own community to help us help kids see why schooling and preparing now for their future is pretty relevant."

The district utilizes expertise in many fields of the strategic plan. For example, partnering with the United Way National Campaign for grade-level reading, helps ensure all students read by third grade. Partnering with local colleges and business gives the future workforce hands-on experience, adding to RCAS goals of 21st Century Learning and College, Career and Life Readiness.

"Ultimately here, we are thinking about Rapid City,” said Dr. Lori Simon, RCAS superintendent. “And we would like to make sure that we are sending out a well-educated workforce locally that’s going to help our community thrive."

Businesses provide opportunities for students to take internships or apprenticeships, job shadow, or explore future options.

"We also need to look at our local employers,” Simon said. “And we need to think about, ‘What do they need? And what do they need from us? And that requires a lot of collaboration from us and planning together." 

The city is a strong partner with RCAS, providing free rides to students through the RapidRide program and providing safety on campus with liaison officers.

"The school system, the parents, the kids, … they know that they have that peace of mind,” Communications Coordinator, Rapid City Darrell Shoemaker said. “That confidence-whether its school liaison officers, whether its youth transit, whether its snow removal, that there is a good relationship going on with the city and the schools."

The district’s goal overall is to prepare the future workforce, and future citizens to positively impact the Black Hills when it's their generation's turn.

RCAS will unveil the strategic plan next Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Central High School theater. The presentation is open to the public from 6-7:30 p.m.

View all parts of the district's plan here.

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