BOOST (Building Opportunities and Occupations for Students Together) – the distance education consortium between Pecatonica, Highland, Mineral Point, Kickapoo and Riverdale enters its third year. We believe that students should have the same opportunities for field trips, advanced placement courses, and electives, regardless of their zip code. Boost allows this through technological collaboration.
For example, the partnership between the five schools allows all of our students to take classes taught by a teacher at another school in the consortium, not leave the village, and be back in time for their next class. Further, we use the equipment for collaborative meetings with the teachers in those schools, CESA, DPI, and UW-Madison.
This year, Pecatonica is offering AP Psychology and Computer Programming to BOOST partner schools, and our students are taking music appreciation and a literature elective through Mineral Point and Kickapoo.
Additionally, adult learners in the community are encouraged to inquire with Southwest Tech and other campuses that offer distance education classes to see whether they can use our equipment in the evenings rather than travel to campus.
If this situation applies to you, contact the department of the course you are taking and have them work with our school district to get this set up.