Students Can 'Test Drive' Career Through Skills Center

Students Can 'Test Drive' Career Through Skills Center
Posted on 12/09/2015
Student discusses the Maritime Skills course

Seattle Public Schools offers high school juniors and seniors an exceptional opportunity to explore a real-world career through hands-on classes – and it’s not too late to sign up for second semester.

The program is called the Seattle Skills Center. Students earn high school credit and sometimes college credit or industry certification in courses such as Aerospace Science, Culinary Arts, Medical Assisting, Automotive Technology, Fire Science and more.

“The great thing about the Skills Center is that kids are working with their hands and their minds on 21st century skills, solving real world problems,” says Interim Skills Center Principal Sherri Kokx.

Aerospace students, for example, work on the same equipment that Boeing machinists use to build jets. Boeing employees visit the class to provide career advice, including resume tips. Some students have gone on to internships at Boeing while the company pays their college tuition.

“Some students leave these programs and go right into the workforce,” Kokx says. “Some are painting airplanes at Boeing, some are working in auto collision shops, making a livable wage.”

Current juniors and seniors can apply for second semester right now, and applications for summer school (open to rising grades 9-12) and fall of 2016 will be available later in the year.

See our Skills Center page to learn more, watch videos on the programs and download an application.

 

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