Public TV shows Career Pathways at Mount Shasta High

Liz Pyles
Mount Shasta High School student Bailey Burnett takes care to be precise before welding a strip of metal to the bottom of a counter top that will be installed in the Great Northern building. Burnett is part of the business/entrepreneurship and manufacturing Career Pathways program at MSHS.

The Mount Shasta High School Manufacturing Business Career Pathways program will be featured in an episode of Inside California Education scheduled to air on Public Broadcast Stations in California.

The segment highlights MSHS programs that are giving their students business entrepreneurship and career technical skills for success after high school.

Inside California Education presents “compelling stories and relevant information, communicating to millions of Californians how our state’s education system affects our lives and lives of our children,” according to their website.

In a phone interview, Richard Launey, Executive producer for Inside California Education said they try to find great examples of school programs. They look for geographic diversity and exceptional examples of innovation for each segment. He said the MSHS program “really shows what is best practices.”

MSHS Principal/Associate Superintendent Jennifer McKinnon said Inside California Education did a good job of emphasizing what the school has. “They got the whole picture and were here only one day.”

The episode on MSHS shows the connection between the school’s program and the community. It includes interviews with Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Mullins, Raven Tree owner Kendra Bainbridge and Brooks White and Nicole Phelon of Manx Web Solutions.

District Superintendent Mike Matheson said he appreciated that they told the story about the community partnership.

“We’re developing students with skills necessary to work and bring value to businesses,” said Matheson, who is also the principal at Weed High School.

Siskiyou Union High School District trustee Gregg Gunkel said the program has business linkages and suits students who are less enamored about going on to college education. The program brings relevance and encourages students.

Matheson explained that these programs are labor intensive to develop and maintain. MSHS is providing a model for how to do it.

He said a lot of work goes into planning the program, remodeling buildings, working with an architect vendor, developing curriculum, and learning the equipment from welding to 3D printers.

“That all takes time,” he said.

Matheson said the programs were funded by a $6 million California State Pathways grant to College of the Siskiyous, Yreka High School, and MSHS, but other schools in the county are benefitting from it too.

He said this has been quite an investment in education through the Pathways grant and the support and match of the grant with Measure Q dollars.

The MSHS Career Pathways episode and other episodes can be viewed online on the Inside California Eduction’s website.

“These shows are very entertaining as well as informative,” Launey said and doing the series has been “a labor of love.”

Launey said they ask their advisory board about what stories to do and said they recommended the Mount Shasta High School’s program.

To see the MSHS episode go to

It is scheduled to air on PBS KIXE on Sunday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m.