Students get hands-on experience in CHS carpentry courses
CLINTON — When the sound of saws and planers are humming in the shop, you can always find students smiling and engaged, applying building trades principles to whatever their minds can create.
“I really wanted to build things and know how to build,” said Clinton High School junior Brian Crowder. “I’ve built a bird house. I built my sister a softball ring holder. I’m going to build a shoe shelf for myself.”
Students in Travis Dyar’s Construction and Carpentry classes have been busy this year working on customized projects as well as planning to take the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) national certification assessment in the spring.
Dyar said students in the construction class are first-year students and students in the carpentry class are second-year completers in the program.
“Advanced Manufacturing was also added as a new course this year,” he said. “This new pathway is designed as a two-year program based on dual credit courses offered through the Industrial Maintenance program at Hinds Community College.”
Through this program, elective credits may be earned by high school graduates and applied toward appropriate programs of study at Hinds and selective four-year universities.
“One additional feature of the Advanced Manufacturing class is the alignment of these courses to an apprenticeship model at Hinds Community College in partnership with Continental Tire company,” Dyar said. “If our two-year completers apply and get accepted into the apprenticeship program, an early start to their career may be found in this industry.”
The goal is to make Advanced Manufacturing a stand-alone program at the CHS Career Complex.