Sparks flew in Russ Tesmer’s auto body repair class as a group of students practiced welding on an old car that had been donated to Burnsville High School in Minnesota.
Nearby, on another vehicle, a group of students sent a few small parts flying as they wrestled with a bumper they were trying to remove.
As they master each skill set, they update the photo-filled portfolio Tesmer has them keep so they’ll have something to show to prospective employers. And for those who enroll in the more advanced automotive course, where students repair staff members’ cars, he sends them off with a starter tool kit.
Inside the main high school building, students in Anne Werner-Dempsey’s nursing class practiced putting on gowns and gloves and then taking them off, perfecting a technique that’ll ensure they don’t get contaminated when working with patients.
By the time they complete the class, they’ll be fully prepared to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam. If they choose to take it and pass, they’ll qualify for an in-demand job before they even graduate---one that could serve as a stepping stone while they pursue a nursing degree.