LIVINGSTON - Learning skills that can be applied outside of the classroom — and in the classroom — are alive and well at Park High School.
Career and Technical Education (CTE), involves learning skills such as welding, carpentry, baking, and more while working toward your diploma.
“You know I think the purpose of work is to serve other people, and there’s a deep satisfaction in being able to do something useful,” noted Gov. Greg Gianforte during a visit to Park County High School in Livingston.
All of the students at Park County High School are able to participate in CTE courses, including students in special education, like Josh and Layne.
“I’m kind of thinking of starting a business of my own,” Layne said.
Layne and his classmates run a dog biscuit business, selling sweet potato and peanut butter-flavored treats to furry friends.
Layne stressed how ‘Park Woof Pack’ teaches him how to work in a business and how to sell products.
Josh explained the different ingredients that go into each treat, like eggs, milk, and of course peanut butter — but also how he loves going out into the community on delivery runs.
Heidi Claar, a special education teacher, noted the importance of getting her students outside of the classroom, "being out in the community, having that interaction and they’re learning the skills that those businesses need."
All the money raised by the dog treats will go back to the students, perhaps in the form of a field trip.