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Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson set to visit county schools

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen has been working with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to arrange a visit to three Nevada County Schools Dec. 17.

Nevada Union High School, Ghidotti Early College High School and Lyman Gilmore School staff members are excited about the opportunity to show off their exemplary programs.

Career technical education and science, technology, engineering and math programs are both a priority and an area of passion for Torlakson, and he will have an opportunity to observe these programs at all three school sites.

Nevada Union High School is planning to honor the visit of Torlakson with a choir and band presentation followed by a tour of some of the excellent programs at the high school, including visits to government and humanities classes, a tour of the state-of-the-art library and a visit to the Partnership Technology classrooms. Torlakson will also have the opportunity to visit art and ag mechanics programs.

At Ghidotti Early College High School, Torlakson will see a non-traditional high school program located on the Sierra College campus.

The program offers a small supportive learning environment to students as they work hard to complete a high school diploma while at the same time graduating with 30-60 transferrable college credits.

These students are prepared to enter a four-year college or attend a community college to complete transfer credits or an AA/AS degree.

At Lyman Gilmore School, the Grass Valley School District staff is looking forward to welcoming Torlakson with its choir and band. Then, he will get a tour of the school as they visit classrooms and give demonstrations that emphasize the school's focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math — STEAM.

Activities will include a visit to the Salmon Egg Science Center, a geography project using iPads, a tour of the computer lab and observation of a science experiment. The Gilmore News Network will be filming the visit in preparation for a future broadcast.