Most of us ask the question what does the future hold at some point in our lives. We may be considering the outcome of a competition, the future of our career, or as parents we wonder what the future holds for our children.

The Minidoka County School Board has asked the Minico Ag and Career and Technical Education Department leaders to share their vision for the future of their programs on February 26. These programs currently serve many students at both Minico and Mt. Harrison High Schools, offering many different programs: Business, Information Technology, Residential Construction, Diesel Technology, Health Occupations and many others. One example of their accomplishments is how well the Minico Business Professionals of America Chapter recently placed with seven 1st place awards and two 2nd place awards at their regional competition in Wood River. This qualifies them to participate in the state competition in March and many more of our CTE students are currently preparing for the state ‘Skills USA’ conference in April.

These and many other courses and activities are preparing these students for today’s careers, but what about the future? What do we need to do in these programs to better prepare our students for the future? What curriculum should we use, what skills do they need to learn? What kind of employees do our local businesses need in the future?

We are asking you to join the conversation about what the future holds for Ag and CTE in our district at a public Town Hall Meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the District Service Center, 310 10th St. Rupert. After short presentations from each of these groups we will seek input from those in attendance to tell us what they would like our Ag program to be like in five or ten years. What should the future be for these programs?

We must plan together now to better prepare for the future!

Ken Cox is the superintendent at Minidoka County School District