By Molly Moser
October may be proclaimed as Manufacturing Month but in Carson City, the concept goes beyond appreciation: It’s a field transforming local students and shaping the future, especially in Nevada.
Carson High School and Western Nevada College unveiled Career Technical Education laboratories, in conjunction with offering credits for courses that will help begin careers with tech industries such as General Electric, Panasonic, Tesla.
The high school’s CTE program opened its new manufacturing lab facility Friday morning as more than 600 freshmen toured to learn about careers in the field. The lab includes new software programs and computers, 3D printers, a conveyor belt assembly line.
This lab is a new step for the high school as students have the option to gain and transfer college credits with related programs at WNC, as well as participating in the state’s technical assessments and workplace readiness exams.
Overall, CHS invested in $400,000 for the four-year CTE Pathways program, such as skilled and technical sciences, health science, and information and media technologies.
Michele Lewis, Carson High School vice principal and CTE administrator, said Carson City stands out compared to other Northern Nevada counties because most instructors have background in manufacturing.
“Vocational education back in the day had a negative reputation,” Lewis said. “But students enrolled in these classes have a higher graduation rate and now, vocational classes are more rigourous and relevant.”
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