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September 2014


MHS students learn child care, job skills

Two times a week during the month of November, Ranae Schalow's room at Mukwonago High School turns into a playroom for a couple of hours. While the youngsters who drop enjoy the snacks and activities, the MHS students are learning about child development, appropriate, safe play for different age groups, toys and activities for learning, social skills and basic child care. They learn how to manage different personalities in young children. Mostly they learn patience.

By the time MHS students finish the Human and Child Care Services course they will have earned three credits through Waukesha County Technical College and have an assistant child care certificate.

MHS junior Courtney Kalczynki plans to use the credits to get a job at a day care or child care center. Junior Faith Howard wants to gain skills working with children to help in her plans to be a kindergarten teacher. Cierra Sims has plans to work as a nanny and wants to take advantage of the advanced credits.

"They will be able to work in any child care center," said Schalow. "They will have all the tools to get a job."

The child care course is one of a number of MHS courses that allows students to earn both a high school diploma and credit at WCTC.

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