Community Focus, Partnerships, & Service

Venture is committed to having its students engage in work that is meaningful and authentic.  One of the key ways of accomplishing this is by finding opportunities within our community to study and contribute to the work of solving real problems being faced by individuals, neighborhoods, businesses, city councils, etc.  This work is sometimes simply an agreement to produce a product or service that is needed to enrich some aspect of the community. Two recent examples of this type of learning are (1) archiving the life of local jazz musician Joe McQueen in partnership with the Weber State University Archives, History Department, and Education Department, and (2) participating in federally funded research at the Canyonlands National Park in partnership with the Utah State University Biology Department and Education Department.  We have other opportunities like these that we are currently under development. We are excited to bring more partnerships and service opportunities to Venture High School!

Fieldwork
Participation in fieldwork is another important and common way in which Venture students improve their understanding and skills in relation to the topics they are studying and the questions they are pursuing. After having gained significant understanding of a topic from in-class learning, investigations outside the classroom in “the field,” can provide an important way for them to seek answers to their questions, conduct experiments, gather data, and confirm, or challenge, their present understandings. Certain aspects of a topic cannot be fully understood without the perspectives gained through this important fieldwork. So far this year more than 50 separate fieldwork excursions have been conducted by various student groups in the high school. 

Local Experts

Venture teachers and students seek out expertise within the community to provide valuable insight as well as critique of student work.  Often these experts are invited to the school; sometimes students travel to their places of employment; and sometimes these experts assist in, or guide, fieldwork activities.