John Ratzenberger visited with the students and faculty of
the Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School. Its
mission is to deliver a quality, comprehensive four-year
academic and technical education that enables students to
deliver life-long learning skills and apply their talents on
a well-defined Trade and Technology career path.
Bradley Tech is guided by
a commission of community and business leaders that
specifically unites Milwaukee Area Technical College,
Milwaukee Public Schools and the University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee. The commissioners ensure the school provides high
quality educational experiences consistent with the needs of
the world of work in trades and technology.
The school offers
specialized curriculum and experiences to prepare students
in the areas of technology and trades for the 21st century,
helping them compete in our global society. The school
requires 26 credits for graduation. A shop certificate
honors students who complete the expected 10 credits in the
technology and trade program with outstanding performance.
Bradley Tech has four
small learning communities: Communications Academy
(sponsored by AT&T), Construction Academy (sponsored by
PieperPower), Design Academy (sponsored by Harley-Davidson),
and Engineering Processes Academy (sponsored by Rockwell
Automation). Students apply to an academy upon entry. The
staff meets often to enhance curriculum, improve
instructional approaches, and discuss student performance.
Interventions to assist students are explored for those who
may need an extra boost. Each of these small learning
communities has an Instruction Administrator, an
Intervention Administrator, and a community of teachers who
will stay in place as their students move through the high