Nashua school board approves changes in design, hospitality, music programsBy Barbara Taormina
Union Leader Correspondent
December 08. 2013 7:28PM
NASHUA — Students interested in careers in hospitality, graphic design and music will soon be able to enroll in courses that offer them a comprehensive view of those careers and skills that match the fast pace of the real world.
The Board of Education’s Curriculum and Evaluation Committee approved proposals for changes to the district’s graphic design program, the hotel and hospitality courses and piano. Teachers met with board members and said the changes will offer a broader outlook and real world experience.
The graphic design program will become design and visual communication and shift from an emphasis on print design to a wider focus of design in general. Students will be able to explore other areas of design such as fashion, interior design, Web page development and graphics for gaming. The goal is offer kids a course that reflects what teachers and administrators describe as 21st Century skills.
“I find these kinds of changes exciting,” said David Murotake, chairman of the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, who added that teachers should consider putting a bigger push on technology. Murotake suggested that teachers could capitalize on the popularity and skill students have with smartphones and other devices to teach kids more about design and imaging.
Students interested in learning more about the hospitality field and New Hampshire’s booming hospitality industry will have the chance to enroll in a programh that not only provides an overview of the industry, it allows them to gain real work experience in different key roles such as food service management, recreational management, convention planning, and tourism and advertising.
The school district plans to partner with the Crown Plaza Hotel so students will have authentic work force experience in field. The program also provides a foundation in management and entrepreneurship that can be transferred to other fields.
Nashua will also enhance its music program and offer more flexibility in combining classes that run for a quarter into semester credits. New audio technologies will also give teachers more opportunities to work with a class of students at different levels.
Changes in the programs are being funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Perkins Grants, which assist schools with career-focused training and education.