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Horlick High School Students Build to Learn


Luis Pineda just wanted a good grade.

“When I first started I didn’t know anything. I took the class because I thought I would get an easy A,” Pineda said. “But now, it’s turned into a class that has prepared me for life after high school.”

Pineda is enrolled in Horlick High School’s Level 3 Construction Pathway course in the Academy of Education and Technical Services.

Earlier this year, Horlick partnered with Build to Learn, an organization that brings in industry professionals to work with students to teach them real-life skills. So far this year, students like Pineda had the opportunity to work with companies like Mortensen Construction and Siemens learning everything from construction and carpentry to smart technology and plumbing.

“The skills I have learned in this class have far surpassed my expectations,” Horlick senior Sergio Beltran added. “I have learned everything from how to read a tape measure to how to properly build a sturdy foundation.”

Build to Learn partners with local employers to help prepare students for the future, the main mission of the Academies of Racine. The Academies offer students small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace. 

This year marks the first graduating class of the Academies of Racine. In a few months, Pineda will walk across the stage to accept his diploma and begin the next chapter of his life. And he’s ready.

“I’m off to Gateway Technical College in the fall,” Pineda said proudly. “And I feel like I am a step ahead.”

The Academies of Racine at Case, Horlick and Park High Schools are currently enrolling students for the 2020-2021 school year.  Registering is easy. Click here for more information.