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Cool School: Central High School

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We've heard of high schools offering shop classes or home ec. to give students some practical skills before they graduate, but one local high school goes above and beyond in elective courses. Central High School's Career Technical Program is this weeks Cool School.

It may look like a professional grade kitchen, and it is. But when you take a closer look you can see high school students behind the culinary coats.

"I've learned to do different kind of styles of cakes, cupcakes, croissants, and pretty much everything in baking," said senior Quentin Kimbrough.

The culinary arts program is one of several career technical options for students at Central High School. They can learn how to do automotive repairs, cosmetology, and even carpentry.

"I have a round about knowledge of it, but this is fine tuning I guess you could say," said sophomore Luis Tabares.

Students at the Career Technical Center learn more than just a new skill. They have the opportunity to get professionally certified in the various programs. Career Technical Director Josh Laney said all of the certifications are portable and stackable.

"If I'm going to be certified as a welder, I can work in Alabama or I can work in Washington State but my certificate means something nationally. It's not just a local certificate that we invented here at the school. Also, I can take whatever I've learned here in high school and I've got that credential and there is a next step more certification that I can get and this gets me started down that path," said Laney.

Students are using the three year programs to prepare themselves for the future.

"I'm planning to move to Florida to go to a University down there to go to a culinary institute," said Quentin Kimbrough.

Director Laney said these courses are designed to prepare students for high skill, high wage, and high demand jobs.


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