Pine River-Backus School District

401 Murray Ave, P.O. Box 610, Pine River, MN 56474

218-587-8000 | | ISD 2174

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PRB Students on the Road to Career Readiness

Pine River-Backus High School students were recently featured in an article regarding Sourcewell's Tech Mobile program and the equipment they provide to career & technical education programs in schools in our area:

"In the welding class at Pine River-Backus High School, teacher Steve Sandeen works the room, checking in on students as they carve, cut, and create. For several weeks, students have access to a laser engraver, CNC router, plasma cutting table, and 3D industrial printer – all equipment rented through Tech Mobile.

“A small school like us,” Sandeen notes, “I’ve got about a $6,000 budget for my classes. I’d never be able to afford this kind of equipment and exposure if it weren’t for Tech Mobile.”

During class, Sandeen points out a student who works part-time at Halverson Wood Products in Pine River and now has the ability to run the plasma cutter on the job after receiving hands-on training in the classroom.

“This is real-world stuff,” Sandeen said. “A lot of businesses are going to have this exact equipment and students are going to need to know how to operate and maintain it. So, this exposure is huge for these kids. Tech Mobile is really linking a gap in education.”

Since 2014, Tech Mobile has provided a unique experience for schools and students throughout the Sourcewell region of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. Tech Mobile, a partnership between the Browerville School District, Central Lakes College, MState, and Sourcewell, took to the streets – literally – giving students exposure to industrial equipment and career exploration."

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Our Elementary and High Schools are celebrating

our Level 1 Certification for HRS!

High Reliability Schools (HRS) is a systems-check framework for schools. This framework is based on 40 years of educational research and is made up of five progressive levels of criteria that candidate schools must demonstrate.

Pine River-Backus Schools met the criteria, completed the interviews and supplied data for the Level 1 certification. Being considered a High Reliability School District means its schools have demonstrated approaches to learning conducive to preparing all students for college and career success. HRS is not a one time certification; system-checks are continuous to ensure ongoing growth and fidelity.

Learn more about the HRS program here. Questions or comments can be directed to Tina Hanneken, HRS Coordinator at (218)587-8325


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