This Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wanek Hall at the Winona County History Center, the Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Board and administrators will meet with representatives from Winona State University (WSU), Saint Mary’s University (SMU), and Minnesota State College–Southeast Technical (MSCST) to talk about current collaborative efforts in place. Meeting attendees will discuss how to strengthen and expand the educational ties between the various entities.
“It is absolutely [important to collaborate],” WAPS superintendent Scott Hannon said. “There is no question about it. We collaborate with them in various ways. SMU and WSU have teaching programs, and those folks need student teaching opportunities, while MSCST offers many opportunities for our students, so it is very important.”
Hannon stressed the reciprocal relationship, which has been successful in the past, in terms of opportunities for students from all educational entities — WAPS, WSU, SMU and MSCST.
“Well, I think our students have responded extremely well [to collaborations in the past],” he said. “We have student teachers in the building all the time and there are PSEO [post-secondary enrollment option] opportunities for our students to go to SMU, WSU and MSCST. I think the response has been very good.”