Mr. Randy Kelsch’s auto shop class at Quincy Junior Senior High School is getting a boost, literally. Thanks to funds from the Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG), a new hydraulic drive-on rack is installed and operating at the school’s shop.
The lift, with a maximum capacity of 6,000 lbs., will give Career and Technical Education (CTE) students a way to safely work on heavier vehicles, expanding their knowledge and future opportunities. The type of cars that students were able to learn on previously was limited by the smaller weight capacity of the existing lift. Learning on a wider range of vehicles is especially valuable for those students who wish to pursue more education or work as a mechanic after graduation.
Quality CTE programs provide a hands-on approach to learning, which can be more relevant for students, engaging and equipping them with essential workplace skills needed to succeed in the real world.
PUSD offers CTE classes that allow students to explore careers and interests in eight specific industries: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Building and Construction Trades, Hospitality, Business and Finance, Manufacturing and Product Development, Transportation, Information and Communication Technology, and Arts and Entertainment.
More equipment and classroom upgrades will be realized in the near future for each high school, including wood working equipment and a garden hoop house in Portola, video production equipment and a welder in Quincy, a restored Culinary Program kitchen in Chester, and a new, efficient dust-collector unit in Greenville’s wood shop and a remodeled Culinary Program kitchen.
Whether students choose to enter the workforce when they graduate, or pursue college or other training programs, the new equipment and upgrades will help them be better prepared.