Real world learning
By Robin Scott
During the 2009/10 school year students at Dalhart High School have taken part in opportunities that ready them to enter the workforce upon graduation. The courses are designed to get students certified or trained for entry-level positions upon graduation from high school. Opportunities in many areas of the workforce are available including pharmacy, food and nutrition and Ag related endeavors.
Jennifer Read gave a presentation at the regular meeting of the DISD school board on Tuesday, January 19th. She noted, “In the fall semester 15 students enrolled in Medical Terminology and had a 100% pass rate.” Another 15 students will certify using a web based, self-paced program. The students are in Mr. Smith’s Pharmacology class and are starting an online Pharmacology class, a self-paced web-based course endorsed by the Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado Pharmacy Boards. Read added, “Students who successfully complete the course and pass the test will become certified pharmacy technicians.” The program is a “Pass assured program.”
Thirty-one students enrolled and are certifying in welding. Read stated, “The students have had some great hands-on training.” Students in Mr. Hines’ Ag Mechanics class, along with Bartlett’s Lumber and Hilmar Cheese Company are building and wiring the Power lifting scoreboards for the DHS power lifting tournament in February. Read added, “They have also been building a welding trailer for a local farmer.”
The 21 students who enrolled in Ag Mechanics have learned about electricity from employees from the Hilmar Cheese Company. They have also learned about plumbing and construction. They have built electrical boards and Scott Nelson and Cargill will begin a Safe Start Safety course in February for all of the Ag students. Read commented, “The six session course is designed to provide a basic understanding of how to change behavior in the work place (or school) in order to prevent critical errors and avoid accident.” Each student will become OSHA certified.
One very interesting course, the Virtual Business course, includes 30 students who have been learning about personal finance and retailing. The virtual program lets the student live and work in the “real world,” according to Read.
Leon Gill, Human Resources Director for Hilmar Cheese Company will start a four-part course on February 8th on getting ready to enter the workforce. The course will include interviewing skills for students in Mrs. Read’s and Mrs. Cunningham’s classes.
Forty students in the Food & Nutrician/Child Development classes are cooking foods from many different countries. They are also receiving their SAFE SERVE certifications. Hilmar Cheese Company will teach cheese classes and students will surely enjoy the “required materials.”