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Friday, May 11, 2018

MOLDING MINDS: Career Tech shapes the makers of tomorrow

MOLDING MINDS:  Career Tech shapes the makers of tomorrow
Katie Mortimer - - May 9, 2018

The Sign Hanger:  Lincoln City Career Tech student Alder Hartman hangs one of the signs on a tree along the Cutler City Wetlands Trail.

A walk into the Cutler City Wetlands will be a bit easier following the hard work done by the Lincoln City’s Career Technical High School wood fabrication students.

The students have made, and placed, several wooden signs to direct hikers through the trails.  Prior to hanging the signs, the students manufactured large beams to hold the signs they crafted.

“At first it was just getting credits, now it is more so about getting the skills to be able to create,” Career Tech student Corrie Martin said.

According to the Career Tech website, the school is designed to give student "employees" guided practice in basic career survival skills by providing a simulated workplace environment.  The students are expected to behave, dress, and be productive in a workplace manner while attending the school.

Students can receive credits for college, gain career-based education, and get real-word work experience at the Career Technical Charter School.  The school offers students the opportunity to learn about careers in environmental sciences, metal, and wood fabrication.  On average, Career Tech enrolls 55 students a year.  The outdoor classes that are offered allow students to have an active learning environment experience.

Hiking in the wooded mud covered trials, John Kiser, local contractor spoke about his role in the Career Tech High School.

“The public wanted to know where to go on the tails without getting lost,” he said.

Kiser is the Wood and Metals Crew Leader in charge of the students out on a work site.  “I hope the students learned a lot about teamwork,” Kizer said.

He has a large role in the school along with other local vocational professionals, like Tyler Cunningham, a local woodworker.

The wood fabrication program works closely with community organizations to give students the opportunity to see what working in this field is like.  Lincoln City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Career Tech as one of those partnering organizations.

“If you went into any of our open spaces, you would not know where to go,” Lincoln City Parks Supervisor Joe Miller said, referring to the city parks in the area.

This particular trial project involves the City of Lincoln City.  Career Tech has worked with national, state, and city parks in past years.

The students proudly show off the work they’ve done in the park, including crafting some of the trail bridges at the Cutler City Wetlands Trail.

Career Tech Education Supervisor and Teacher Joel Riverman said he believes that the school is doing good things for both the students and the community.

“The school system has the mentality that everyone has to learn Shakespeare; this is true hands on learning,” Riverman said.

For more information about Lincoln City Career Technical School, call 541-351-8551.

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