High school students gain work experience through class

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POSTED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:54pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 9:48am

"Sometimes they'll take it and say I just want to be off campus for half a day and then they find out that it really is a tremendous asset to them," said Harlingen High School South Career and Technical Education teacher Dorothy Rackley.

But what these students of Harlingen High School South may not realize is that they could actually be molding their future...

"I feel like our students are kind of a step above because, uh, because they have that, the advantage of doing some hands-on as well as well as practical and then putting it into practice," said Rackley.

And that practice is helping these high schoolers get direct training in a career of their choice through Career and Technical Education or "CTE" classes, which are types of trade classes.

And while the classes may be anything from culinary to education, the aim is to shape students' minds early.

This is one of the many Career and Technical Education classes at Harlingen South, which allows students to gain experience in the career they wish to pursue.

"I've gained people skills and work skills," said HHSS CTE student Selene Coronado.

"Whenever I go into my career, I'll have a little experience of what it is," said HHSS CTE student Jose Sanchez.

But even students who aren't planning on going straight into the workforce after high school feel that the CTE classes will benefit their college career, and the hands-on experience speaks for itself. 

"We would get the experience of hands on training with the kids before any other person going into college," said HHSS CTE student Bianca Hernandez.

"Yu can just get a head start so that way you already have an idea of what you'll be doing later," said HHSS CTE student Carina Sanchez.

"I guess if I didn't have this opportunity then I would be kind of lost with my decision," said HHSS CTE student Taylor Herring.

Reporting in Harlingen, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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