New programs, new construction, new opportunities at Sterling HS

Students at Sterling High School are greeting the new school year with excitement, energy, and optimism. The school’s new principal, Justin Fuentes, is enthusiastic about his school’s programs and the opportunities it offers students.

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Besides Sterling’s resident aviation program and an aviation engineering and designing program through the Michigan Institute of Aviation Technology, it also offers a Futures Academy in logistics and global supply chain management, as well as law enforcement forensics, automotive, and dual-credit courses towards a certificate in welding.

“We’ve gone wall-to-wall Linked Learning and have started pathways in career and technical education,” explained Fuentes. “And, we are up for a grant from the Texas Education Agency that gives us the opportunity to function as an early college. That means our students will get up to two years of college free while they attend high school.”

Also exciting for the new school year is progress on the construction of the new Sterling High School building. The new facility will be built around an entrance hall designed as an airplane hangar. Construction is taking place on what was once the football and soccer fields, but is not impacting the students during the course of the school day. The only concession is that the football and soccer teams have to practice at Thomas Middle School, located less than a mile down the road. The school saw its first wall go up in May, and will celebrate a beam signing on Wednesday, Sept. 2.