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Pascagoula School District offers career training classes


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Students cranking up old cars and playing video games may not seem much like a learning lesson. But the Pascagoula School District teachers are actually giving young people these hands on training lessons for possible future careers.

Will Tomes signed up for the Polymer Science class. He hopes the cool experiments will help him land a good job at Northrop Grumman shipbuilding.

"You are not getting thrown out there and not have a clue what's going on. This class will help me with that stuff if you get hired," Tomes said.

Patrick Reed is taking automotive technology classes. He said has a passion for fixing cars.

"I mainly work on cars at a shop, but if I can get my own business, that would be pretty nice," Reed said.

There are about 18 programs in the district that are designed to steer students toward successful careers. Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said at this level it's all about experimental learning.

"You can do flight simulation, you can do broadcast journalism, you can go to our science and technology room."

By exposing the high school kids to a pool of career opportunities and making learning fun, Rodolfich believes young people will feel more confident about choosing an occupation after graduation.

"Quality of life goes back to what you chose to do with your life."

The district plans to add more informative work programs in the schools aimed at producing young, productive employees, who are ready for the workforce.

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