The Integrator

From the beginning of working in the Rose Academies in 1999, as well as becoming highly familiar with the charter school movement over the past 20 years, I have noticed a striking paradox. While the vast majority of charter high schools cater to college bound students, less than forty percent of these students will ever attain even a bachelor's degree.

Based on our needs assessment, three appear critical now:

1. The first perceived need is for those non-college bound students (the majority in America) to have a high school educational experience that propels them into a self-paced combination of "book learning" and PAID real work life.

2. The next need is America's infrastructure repair/replace situation. It is obvious having deferred critical maintenance issues nationally for the past 50 plus years, that the requirement for skilled trades workers for the foreseeable future will grow exponentially.

3. The final need addressed is the financial requirement for America's trade unions to turn around the 40 plus years of private sector membership decline. New revenue streams must be explored by these unions to re-attain actual growth and sustainability.

We see this new charter high school rendition, dubbed the Apprentice High Schools of America (AHSA), as an ideal evolution for the ROSE methodologies in conjunction with the apprentice training operations of trade unions.

Dr. Kelly Hurtado

CEO of ROSE Management Group
& Superintendent of Rose Academies

BFA, M.Ed., Ed.D.

How can our students
learn and earn:

  • 1.
    Produce students who are "apprentice ready and working" within high schools by integrating apprentice requirements throughout the high school credited curricula.
  • 2.
    An expanded high school timeframe can allow for a full completion of an apprenticeship as well as for either necessary remedial programs at matriculation or dual crediting with local community or four-year colleges.
  • 3.
    The system of schooling is proven to increase diversity based on geographic school placement.
  • 4.
    An Apprentice High School, the combination of an established trade union apprentice program with one of the most innovative and successful high school charter methodologies, owned and operated by a trade union, would be a unique charter offering to America's youth and teachers.
  • 5.
    Operated as a public charter school, the owner/operator union would receive funding from the state or school district, ranging on the order of $10,000 to $20,000 per student annually.

Looking for Revolutionaries

For over 100 years, true progress in the Organized Labor movement has always been led by the Revolutionaries ... the Challengers ... the Innovators. At certain moments, an opportunity presents itself for the Leaders to seize it and transform organizations and people's lives.