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Lieutenant governor visits Piedmont High School

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Lieutenant governor Kay Ivey paid a visit to Piedmont High School Monday to learn about the school's technology initiative.

Ivey said the program is doing an ideal job in maximizing different learning opportunities for students.

"I am thrilled with the progress they've made with all the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering courses," Ivey said.

"This is learning of the future.  This is the way the real world operates.  We're in the global economy and it's time we help our students."

Ivey said it is amazing to see this type of development in a rural area.

"I'm going to take away what [Piedmont is] doing with limited advantages," Ivey said.  "Focus on putting your resources where it really matters to help our children.  And our parents of these children, see what it's like that they need to be prepared for.  I'm encouraged and I'll share."

Piedmont High School senior Exavyer Jackson said he hopes the lieutenant governor will share what she learned with other schools to help them become more technologically savvy.

Jackson and his classmates realize how fortunate they are to have the advanced technology.

"If every high school had it, then a lot of people would be ahead of the game.  There's no telling where this state would go to," Jackson said.

He said the school's initiative to provide every student with a take-home laptop and home Internet access helped him expand his foreign language studies.

Jackson completed two years of German to fulfill his requirement, but is taking an online Spanish course to earn an additional commendation on his diploma.  He is able to study with an online tutor when he gets home from football practice.

That type of opportunity for extra achievement is what students need, Ivey said, as they enter a global economy where the competition for jobs will be against students not just from the United States, but Asia and Europe.

"It's hugely important because this is real world.  This is not theory, this is real world," Ivey said.

"This kind of learning and utilization in the marketplace, in the United States, in Alabama, goes on today, and we need our young people well-equipped and well-prepared.  I am thrilled that this faculty has embraced the double use of phasing in technology with actual classroom time with teachers," she said.

"It makes a perfect mix and match by creating an opportunity, and the best defense is always a good, sound offense."

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