Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Provide students w/ access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Indicator of Success – Staff, students and community embrace the digital, social, mobile and “always-on” learning styles of 21st century students.

DSC05258BFA High School Students recently enjoyed Career Explorations at VT Agency of Transportation Chimney Corners District Facility and Husky on Manufacturing Day.

DSC05254Manufacturing Day is a movement seeking to improve public perception of manufacturing careers and expand understanding of its value to US economy. Manufacturing supports more than 17.4 million US jobs and contributes 12.5% of our GDP. US Manufacturing is the 8th largest economy in the world.


Husky in Milton Vermont offers a two-week paid summer internship for juniors and seniors. The intern wages are $10/hour, 40 hrs/wk for 8 weeks. Students can earn up to 17 college credits through the Vermont State College System and have opportunity to continue working on a limited basis throughout the following school year. Potential employment opportunity with Husky after high school graduation depends on the business climate at the time.

BFA 10th grader Noah Harris reflected that the two-week summer program is extremely beneficial in two ways; income and learning experience. Noah stated , “It is fairly obvious as to why they are one of the best businesses in manufacturing.” 

Noah with the hot runner.
Husky makes hot runners that provide plastic to the molds. These are some of the final products made using the hot runners.

Special thanks to BFA Career Explorations Teacher Susan O’Brien and High School Guidance Counselor Katherine McElroy for organizing this hands-on learning opportunity!

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