Kalkaska County Road Commission Helps High School Students Graduate

The Kalkaska County Road Commission is working to make sure students graduate and land good jobs.

It’s a program that’s earned the road commission an award from the County Road Association of Michigan’s Annual Highway Conference.

“I was a little behind on credits and I did this thing for ‘School to Work’ and after school every day, I’d come to work,” said driver Brandon Fisher.

The Kalkaska County Road Commission understands that college might not be for everyone.

“Vocational training is very important and it is the backbone of our economy,” said manager John S. Rogers.

That’s why they partner with the “School to Work” program, giving students that are at risk for not graduating, a chance to earn credits by working while still in school.

“These students are students that are going to remain in our community and they are going to be the ones working in our communities so we need to start as soon as possible helping them learn life skills, in order to be an asset in our community,” said Rogers.

Fisher started the program in high school and had a full time job by the time he graduated.

“I plan on staying here for quite a while,” said Fisher. “I like it here, it’s a good environment, I like doing what I do.”

“They will be out taking care of the roads that their family, my family, your family they’ll be out maintaining those roads and keeping them safe and we need good quality people for that,” said Rogers.

The road commission was recognized for their involvement in the community by receiving the IMPRESS award, for collaboration.

“It meant a lot to me,” said Fisher. “It really helped me a lot get to where I am today.”

“At the end, it is for those children and it is for our community,” said Rogers.