The Brownsville Area School District (BASD) is located in a rural community of southwestern Pennsylvania, along the Monongahela River. The district spans portions of both Fayette and Washington counties and encompasses 57 square miles. Because the district is located in an economically distressed region, school officials and staff are deeply committed to ensuring that every student has access to equitable learning opportunities which optimize the individual potential of every child. District improvement initiatives are predicated on the priorities of providing student-centered, equity-focused, and future-driven educational experiences for all students.
The district is home to the “Future Ready Center” (FRC), a futuristic hub that helps students learn about careers, explore internship and employment options, prepare for success in post-secondary institutions, obtain industry-based credentials, and build executive functioning and self-regulation skills. The FRC also serves as an information and resource hub where students can conduct research and monitor opportunities for scholarships, internships, employment, SAT exam dates, as well as upcoming workshops.
The FRC was inspired by student vision and voice. Acting as innovative change agents, a group of Brownsville Area High School students repurposed an underutilized middle school library into the center that exists today. With purposeful intent, students crafted a physical design that would accommodate all the functions they envisioned the center would serve.
The FRC exemplifies the district’s aspirations by providing equitable career education experiences, workshops to enhance critical workforce competencies, and personal development opportunities that enhance students’ success in school and in life.