Mike Gross began his teaching career at Fort Riley Junior High where he taught Math and coached football and wrestling. Mr. Gross moved to Junction City High School in 1992 to teach Automotive Technology. During his career, Mr. Gross has taught Math, Automotive, Electronics, and with the EMT program; he has also taught college level Statistics, Algebra, Automotive and Construction. His 33 years of educational experience were all served in USD 475.
Mr. Gross earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Fort Hays State University in 1983. He earned a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University in 1994 and completed Building Administration and Superintendent’s licensure from Fort Hays State University in 2010. He also completed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification in 2010.
Mr. Gross began administrative duties with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at JCHS in 1994 and moved to full time support for CTE programs in 2002, also serving as the Academy Coordinator for the implementation of the Career Academy model at JCHS. Mr. Gross has served on the board of directors for the National Career Academy Coalition, was the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education president, was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award for the national Trade and Industry Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education and was named the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Educator/Administrator in Kansas.
His duties at JCHS include budget development and administration for the CTE pathways; Curriculum development and alignment to industry and state standards; Carl Perkins federal grant administration; Support of job shadowing, CTE internships and business partnerships; Equipment, professional development and resource support for all CTE programs; CTE performance assessments and data collection and reporting; Coordination of Career Academy processes and projects.
Mike is a Junction City native and JCHS graduate with four grown children, also JCHS graduates. He is the proud grandparent of four grandchildren and continues to remain active in Scouting.