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Alpena High School gears up for their STEM program

ALPENA, Mich. — In July Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrest kicked off a five–day professional learning event to prepare educators for STEM courses offered in Michigan schools.

Alpena High School is already ahead of the game as they gear up for the fall.

AHS has already begun structuring their stem courses to better prepare students for high–demand careers in computer science.

Director of Career and Technical Education, Joyce McCoy, said they are taking a different approach toward their stem program.

McCoy said once students reach the high school level, that is when they apply all they have learned.

She added that there’s a wealth of opportunity for students taking the courses.

McCoy said she has seen more students in the program gravitating toward the health occupation field.

According to McCoy, AHS has various STEM offerings to accommodate interested students.

She said coding is a small part of what they offer but she also highlighted that their sophisticated equipment is putting Alpena High on the cutting edge of computer science education.