CLAY COUNTY, Neb. (KSNB) - Governor Pete Ricketts showed his support of Sandy Creek School on Wednesday for beginning the state's first rural Center for Advanced Professional Studies. The early career prep program is aimed for high school students to be exposed to career opportunities which they may not consider when pursuing a standard 4-year degree.
Secondary School Principal Jason Searle considers this to be an excellent opportunity for the students in rural, Central Nebraska. "Even though we are a rural community, we do have students anywhere from Kearney clear to Omaha working with businesses. So it's a great opportunity for our students, to just get them out there and expose them." He says that one of the programs for medicine is partnered with Mary Lanning, which can help students attain their Certified Nursing Assistant status.
Governor Ricketts also spoke about how this school can be an example for both rural and urban schools. Stating that this could become the future model for how Nebraska schools grow in the future to better equip students for the workforce in local agriculture and industry.