Change often brings opportunity, and for Palestine High School students a new business teachers offers multiple classes and dual credit opportunities.
Dr. Jeff Walker has taught in Korea, Jakar, Wisconsin, Minnesota and now Palestine. He has bachelors and masters degrees in business education, and a doctorate in education specialist. He has taught and been an administrator in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area for several years before getting caught up in budget cuts.
Now at Palestine, Dr. Walker is working to enhance the business program. Thanks to accreditation through Lincoln Trail College junior and senior students in 12 of the computer and business classes he teaches are eligible for dual credit. Walker has also started a job shadowing program for seniors.
The job shadow program requires students to "work" or shadow at a local business or career four hours a week. When a student shadows is flexible, but students have the last period of the day to attend the program.
Currently PHS has eight students in the program. Walker said he "struck gold" when asking for participation from businesses. Participating businesses include Palestine Unit 3, First Robinson Savings Bank, Primitive Girls, Crawford Memorial Hospital, Palestine Police, Sears Hometown, Silverthorne Chevrolet, and T-Graphics.
"We have two students at Crawford Memorial Hospital, and they will be "working" (along side staff ) with patients," said Walker.
As the students are not actually hired they will not be "working" but will be getting a good bit of experience thought program explained Walker. It is currently only offered to senior students, but Walker hopes to make it available to juniors next year.