HTR NEWS: Ed Shimon graduated from Lincoln High School in the 1930's. Many years have passed since his graduation, but his life ethics and drive to be independent have never wavered.
His school days bring back one of his happiest memories. "I remember as though it was yesterday," Shimon said. "I remember one day in the morning, I said to myself, 'I'm the luckiest guy on earth. I have the nicest parents on earth.' That's the only thing I can remember from long ago as though it was yesterday. Going to the high school, which very few kids did back in those day. I was so lucky."
Upon graduation, Shimon earned a teaching degree from a Milwaukee teaching college. He appreciates how fortunate he was to stay in school. In those days, most farm kids didn't finish high school, let alone college. His father's father was a physician, and education was always a priority.
"It's a rare high school senior who not only has found a career, but a specialty within that career. For that, Lincoln High senior Joe Powalisz thanks Youth Apprenticeship."
In this HTR story, reporter Patti Zarling said Powalisz didn't grow up on a farm and had no interest in farming until he helped on a friend's hobby farm and then joined the Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Program, working on farms.
Powalisz now works 30 hours a week at Meadow Brook Dairy Farms and has been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm and Industry short course for study next year.
"(YA) changed my idea of high school, it helped me find a career I'm excited about," Powalisz told Zarling.
Youth Apprenticeship combines academic and technical classroom teaching with mentored on-the-job learning. Lincoln High School has 47 of the total 101 students in the Manitowoc County YA Program this year.
Lincoln alumni Ellie Brockman and Anders Larsen proudly represented UW-Madison at the largest gathering of undergraduate business school leaders in the world a few weeks ago at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.Read more
Youth Apprenticeship is a program in the MPSD, open to juniors and seniors, that combines paid, on the job learning experience with classroom instruction. Business mentors verify mastery of skills in these rigorous programs.
The Department of Workforce Development has chosen to feature Lincoln senior Eddie Gilmer and LDI Industries of Manitowoc in their new video for Youth Apprenticeship! #ShipsPride #CTEmonth #WIWorkforce