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Local Experts Share Their Educational and Career Experience 
with D. C. Everest Middle School Students

In an effort to prepare students for high-demand career opportunities in the 21st century, several years ago the D.C. Everest Area School District launched a district-wide initiative to integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, math) skills across the curriculum for all K – 12 students. A key component of that initiative is providing students with the opportunity to meet experts and learn first-hand about the educational requirements and job and employability skills necessary to be successful in these fields.

Recently, House 7C at the D.C. Everest Middle School hosted its second annual “Apply the STEAM Day.” Throughout the day, students visited various classrooms where regional professionals shared their day-to-day job experiences, engaged students in hands-on learning opportunities and answered students’ questions.

Members of the Marathon County Bomb Squad — Deputy Matthew Kecker and Deputy Benjamin Shope — discussed the technical skills and training necessary to be a member of this elite squad. They also demonstrated how complex robots are used by the department.

Law enforcement officials form the Marathon County S.W.A.T. Team also were on hand. Deputy Jason Skalitzky and Deputy Mark Neumann elaborated on their experiences, the duties of the S.W.A.T. team and their technical and physical training. Both presenters, who pilot the team’s drones, also discussed drone pilot training and showcased the drones specifically used by the team.

Jaclyn Swatloski, Bert Nitzke and Kelly Bechel — members of the South Area Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) team — elaborated on the duties and responsibilities of EMTs and fire fighters, discussed what skills are necessary to be successful in these career fields and shared experiences about their training and life on the job.

Lisa Wheelan, a Certified Forensics Sketch Artist for the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, engaged students with a hands-on forensics exercise in which students utilized their creative, math, art and design skills to complete realistic sketches of selected facial features.

Students also tested their observation and problem-solving skills with Joe Tucker, a Forester with the Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. Students practiced identifying trees and utilized field technology and techniques in a series of forestry exercises.


bomb squad demo
A member of the Marathon County Bomb squad discussed the importance of technical and problem-solving skills when using robots on the job.


 students learn about being a sketch artist

Students learned about physiology and the importance of artistic and creative skills in a highly technical field from a Certified Forensics Sketch Artist.


 students learn about emergency response

Law enforcement members of the Marathon County Bomb Squad, Marathon County S.W.A.T. Team and the South Area Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) team answered students’ questions about their highly specialized training.


students learn about forestry

Joe Tucker, a Forester with the Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, challenged students’ observation, critical thinking and field technology skills.


students learn about forensic sketches  

Students learn first-hand that Art is a critical component of STEAM when making a forensic sketch.


 student learning from bomb squad experts  

Learning from subject-matter experts is engaging and FUN!


students learning about emts and firefighters  

Members of the South Area Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) team answered students’ questions about the different responsibilities — and training — of EMTs and fire fighters.