Van Wert City Schools return with increased focus on college, careers

By: Michael Kuhn

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 06:04 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2018 07:42 AM EDT

VAN WERT, Ohio (WANE) - Van Wert City Schools are heading back for a new school year. 

It's the first year the district will have a new superintendent. Vicki Brunn started as the superintendent at VWCS in June. Now she's looking forward to meeting students as they return. 

She said she is also hoping to continue offering special programs throughout the district to help prepare students for life after high school. 

One of those programs is Project Based Learning. The district began the program at the high school in 2010. Since then, the program has expanded all the way down to first grade. 

According to VWCS leaders, Project Based Learning provides students with the opportunity to get hands-on experiences to improve critical thinking, written and oral communication, collaboration, and growth throughout their education. It's all in an effort to better prepare students for college and careers after high school. 

Another program the district prides itself on is the Literacy Collaborative through The Ohio State University. The brand new program implements a new literacy framework in the district's primary classrooms. Each classroom has literacy coaches who support teachers through professional development and demonstration. Together, teachers and literacy coaches then help students learn comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, and phonics. 

A special program at the high school is the CEO program. It allows senior students to have "real life" exposure and experiences in various career fields. The goal is to better prepare students for careers after high school. 

Another goal of the CEO program is to utilize student talent and skills in the community while building partnerships with area businesses. 

Van Wert City Schools' last day is scheduled for May 24.