September 21, 2023

FILLMORE TWP. — A new set of graduation requirements were recently approved at Hamilton Community Schools. 

Beginning with the class of 2027 — this year’s seventh-graders — students graduating from HCS will be asked to participate in further work-based learning opportunities.

The district currently offers and promotes WBL opportunities, but they will be formally required as part of the school’s curriculum in a few years. 

The exterior of Hamilton High School sits Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, located at 4911 136th Avenue in Hamilton.

Mat Rehkopf and Ashley Meyer presented the requirements to the school board in March to be put on a 30-day review. They were officially approved by the board during the April 11 meeting. 

By giving students more opportunities to experience careers, the hope is that they can get a better idea of what to do after high school.

“Hopefully, our students will be making better, informed decisions about what their next step is and the education it takes to get there,” Rehkopf said.