District hires new career, technical education director

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News The School District of Beloit has hired a new career and technical education director, Mitchell Briesemeister. He hopes to build upon the successes of the district's comprehensive programming.

BELOIT - The School District of Beloit has hired a new career and technical education director to build upon the district's many offerings for students.

"I'm enthusiastic about meeting community members and business partners, and I look forward to establishing relationships with even more people," Mitchell Briesemeister said.

Briesemeister's first day was July 3. He was hired to replace interim career and technical education director John Kaminski who has returned to his role as Beloit Memorial High School assistant principal. Previously, Ryan Rewey held the position from June 2013 to August of 2016, but moved to Florida for another employment opportunity.

Briesemeister has a long history with technical education. He was born and raised in South Milwaukee and worked as a machinist for a time. He eventually returned to school because he wanted more interaction with people, obtaining a technical education degree from UW-Stout.

He then taught at Cudahy, Wisconsin for six years, teaching a wide range of tech ed subjects before teaching in Menomonee Falls for one year. Most recently he taught technology education for grades 6-12 and team taught an entrepreneurship and business course for six years at North Crawford School District, located south of LaCrosse and east of Prairie du Chien.

He said the position in Beloit was attractive because of its comprehensive offerings to students.

"It was an opportunity to get into something I was passionate about and something I found very interesting," he said. "I really enjoy all the career and technical education areas and how it provides kids with a really valuable path directly into trying out different careers."

Briesemeister said Beloit's career and technical education programs are like a one-stop shop. A family with three kids interested in childcare, construction and hospitality, for example, could all get a head start on their career in the same building.

"All the departments are state of the art. The majority of things we work with are the exact same equipment they will be using on job sites or at post secondary schools," Briesemeister said.

The district's Career and Technical Education consists of BMHS technical education classes in construction, welding, automotive, computer programming and engineering. In most of the technical education classes, BMHS students can get certifications to obtain entry level work post graduation and/or can obtain credits at Blackhawk Technical College or other colleges and universities.

In his new position, Briesemeister will also oversee and try to bring more attention to the business department and family and consumer economics departments.

Briesemeister was also excited to share how the student house build, where students build a home on donated land, will be back this fall. The district will continue working with the Blender Cafe, a student-run cafe in the library. The Knight Spot, the student run cafe at Beloit Memorial High School will be implementing some new menu offerings.

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