December 2020

Southeastern’s Class of 2024 is very excited about being back in school for exposure.

After three long months of being remote for shop one-day exposures, Southeastern’s Class of 2024 can’t wait to be in school for the exposure phase of their vocational education. This year, instead of getting exposed to five shops for five days, students will be exposed to 10 shops for two days. This helps keep students safe during the pandemic while still getting their full vocational experience. For the two-day exposure in each shop, students will be put into cohorts 1 or 2 and they will be hybrid; one cohort goes one day and another cohort goes a different day.

The students are very excited about being in school for exposure. In an interview, one freshman, Malinda Monteiro (West Bridgewater), says she looks forward to meeting new students instead of being with the same students for both shop and academic weeks. According to Malinda, “I am excited to be in school and be able to meet new students. I can’t wait to explore more about medical and culinary”. Jalissa Tavares (Brockton), also mentions she, “can’t wait to be in the actual shop and get the actual experience hands on. I can’t wait to explore further into dental. I am very excited to see how being in school for exposure will turn out.”

Not only are Southeastern’s freshmen students very excited to be in the building for the two-day exposure, but so are the shop teachers. In an interview with Chef Peterson, Culinary teacher at Southeastern, she explains how she is excited about having the students in the building for the two-day exposure. She states, “I can’t wait for the students to come and get to see them in person. I am actually very excited and eager for the students to be back in the building”.

Many students expressed how hard it was to be remote for the one-day exploratory. Southeastern’s freshman Ricky Martin Goncalves Mendes (Brockton), says how hard it was being remote for the one-day admitting it was “very hard to learn at home with all the distractions around.” While interviewing Jalissa Tavares she also mentions how it feels like she was not getting her full experience that she expected saying, “I feel like it won’t give me the full experience that I need, like I wished we could do things more hands-on and in person.” With times like this, it is hard to have everyone back in school; being remote for the one-day was difficult for some students but now everyone is excited to see how the two-day exposure will turn out. They are even more excited to be in the building for it!

About Southeastern
At Southeastern, students choose from 20 career majors in preparation for life’s challenges and opportunities. Our school combines a rigorous academic curriculum with state of the art vocational and technical studies to help students realize their full learning potential. The schedule is designed to have students alternate between academic and technical coursework. This process promotes the integration of studies and helps bridge the gap between theoretical and practical experience.
The hands-on approach to learning helps connect students to education and provides the basis for life-long learning – an essential skill in today’s highly competitive global market. Upon graduation, students have the choice of furthering their education in any two or four-year institution or going directly into the workforce.

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers 20 career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.

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Submitted by: Kayla Barros, Freshman Exploratory, Brockton, MA