TriDistrict CAPS Director Receives Award

Ben Kusch, Director of the TriDistrict CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) program, has been named this year's recipient of the Willis E. Branning Excellence in Youth Employment Services Award. The Excellence in Youth Employment Services Awards are for organizations, programs, employers, or individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to and effectiveness in preparing young people ages 14-24 to enter the workforce.

Over the past six years, Ben and other leaders have been meeting with local employers and community organizations, studying workforce needs and projections, and speaking with students, parents and teachers. All of these efforts have led to one key understanding—the workforce is changing. In order for students to be successful in the future, schools need to make sure all graduates are prepared for post-high school education, careers and the rapidly changing labor market. With Ben at the helm, the TriDistrict is reimagining the high school experience for our students by developing new curriculum, offering new classes, forming community partnerships, and redesigning the career exploration and college search process. 

Congratulations Ben on this well-deserved recognition!