To the editor:
I just wanted to express the importance of the levy for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
It seems that our entire education system, from the state on down, has let us down. It seems that all they want to do is to funnel every kid down the same highway. If you have kids, you know that no two are alike, and that goes for education as well. We have kids who are book smart and kids who are hands-on smart. The JVS fills the needs of the kids who are hands-on smart. These kids are at the top of their game when it comes to their fields. What most don't know is that the JVS isn't the end of their education, it is just the beginning.
Many of these kids go on to attend other technical schools to further their education. As the billboards throughout the county indicate, many of these students have become very successful businessmen and women in our area.
As for the teaching staff, I can speak of the area I am must up to date with, and that is the welding class. Roger Hilty and Todd Parker spend as much time outside the classroom working for the betterment of their students as most do in the classroom. They don't let their students rest on just passing, they push them to be their best. I know this because my son went through their class, then onto Hobart welding school, only to be the youngest employee recruited by Marine Mechanical, which was later bought out by Babcock and Wilcox Co.
This school is not only a great educational institution, it has lent itself to the community for many events.
The next time you get your hair done, your car fixed or have any type of service performed, ask if by chance the person doing the work attended the JVS - you might be surprised.