My students don't arrive with any prerequisite skills, and our school accepts anyone who applies until we reach capacity. Students hail from all over the Central Valley: kids from Visalia to Madera are in attendance. My Hispanic students make-up 67%, Caucasian are 20%, and African-American students account for 5%. The special education students represent 10% and over 50% of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch services. We are a diverse population coming together with the shared goal of connecting traditional and technical education.
My students are embarking on a four year journey that blends all their traditional classroom instruction with extensive work in advanced manufacturing and commercial construction.
We are blending the creative and technical outlets in wood and metal with the theoretical work they would normally only engage with in the isolation of the classroom. My students are excited for the projects we are designing to see how all their content seamlessly applies to the outside world. Students will be tackling that work in the contexts of community involvement, personal development, and industry relevance.
Career Technical Education High School that integrates the industries of advanced manufacturing and commercial construction with core content to provide students with linked learning experience. Our freshman physics will be working with the construction class to develop an experiment to test the impact that manipulating a variable for a recipe for concrete has on the strength of concrete. The strength of the concrete is tested by taking early samples and taking them to a lab to be tested on a hydraulic press, this is the current practice in the construction industry. We currently do not have a hydraulic press and testing cylinders, but if we did we could provide students with an authentic experience the connects to construction, civil engineering, and physics.
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