TAP (Technical Applications Program)
Allows students to learn fundamental skills in all areas of education, but specifically Science, Math, and Technology. These basic skills can be applied not only in core subjects, but also in a variety of industry specific programs that are offered at High Plains Technology Center.
Focuses to strengthen and improve student’s soft skills in the areas of leadership, public speaking, and community involvement while stressing the importance of time management, taking pride in themselves and their abilities and learning self-control.
Offers a student organization, TAP Club, featuring business and industries. This exposure to different careers and job opportunities available within our area can expand the knowledge of our students and allows them to plan their educational paths for the future.
The TAP Program at High Plains Technology Center is a cooperative effort with the partner schools in the district as well as community leaders, parents, and students. The concept continues to gain momentum as the program and curriculum continue to evolve. The skill set taught will be enhanced and expanded over time to sustain the trends in industry needs. By working simultaneously with all stakeholders, the TAP program can stay abreast and current with industry to reduce skill gaps in students and help prepare them for advanced training and the workforce.
The programs offered at career tech are not often explored in the traditional classroom setting. The Technical Applications Program allows students to experience a variety of programs offered at HPTC at an earlier age, learn fundamental skills, explore and choose a desirable career path, and ultimately become confident, successful adults.
Blaire Lively, Woodward 6th grade student said, “TAP is important because it helps kids realize what life is like. TAP is another way to help kids look at jobs at a young age and help kids set a life goal.”
The vision of the Technical Application Program is to create a learning environment that is a cumulative effort that encompasses application and relevance to learning. When students can understand the “why” in a concept, they become engaged in learning combined with a sense of pride and ownership in their work. The TAP instructors also believe in the importance of building relationships.
Alexis Pettey, 8th grader from Ft. Supply said, “TAP means a lot to me. It is the reason why I enjoy going to school and why I get up in the morning, because I know that I will be going to learn something new every day.”
8th Grade HPTC District (Buffalo, Fargo-Gage, Ft. Supply, Mooreland, Sharon-Mutual, Vici and Woodward) students attend in an extended time period daily throughout the school year. 9th Grade students will have the opportunity to participate beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
Woodward students, 5th through 7th grades, have the opportunity to participate in TAP as an elective class during one 9 week period each year.
Jack Case, a 5th grade Woodward student said, “TAP is an important class because we aren’t going to learn it anywhere else at this age.”
Forrest Rogers, a 29th year veteran educator, whose expertise lies in the area of marketing, management, and video production.
Lisa Steadman, a 20 year science educator, is proficient at using hands-on project based learning to challenge middle school students.
Danna Goss, a 23 year educator, whose true talent lies in bridging the gap between public school and career technology education through teaching students the connection between STEM applications and future career skills.
Darrell Jones, a 35 year veteran educator, whose expertise lies in the area of technology. Mr. Jones teaching career began teaching SHOP at Woodward Middle School. Shop went through many name changes such as Industrial Arts, Technology Education, Technology Engineering, STEM/Project Lead the Way. Mr. Jones also coached football, track, and wrestling for 30+ years during this tenure.
More information about High Plains’ TAP can be obtained by contacting instructors, Danna Goss at email@example.com or Lisa Steadman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Barclay Holt, Assistant Superintendent-Daytime Instruction at email@example.com.
Anissa Ayala, Woodward 5th grader, “In TAP, there are no limits!”