Many students at New Haven High School do not know what Four Rivers Career Center really is. Many students don’t know what the career center really provides and that it is way bigger than they think.
At Four Rivers Career Center, they offer classes in building construction, automotive technology, graphic communications, teaching careers, Business Ignite, welding, collision repair, precision machining, information technology, health occupations, and the culinary arts.
The building construction class covers many areas of construction such as making blueprints, electrical work, plumbing, masonry, carpentry, and some heavy equipment work.
The automotive technology class works under the hood of the car, while collision repair works on the outside of the car to correct any damage.
In graphic communications, you learn how to work certain programs on the computer such as Photoshop. You also can create t-shirts and hats in the class, as well as work with vinyl.
Business Ignite is a program for students wanting to be entrepreneurs.
In precision machining, you craft a variety of tools used in the manufacturing process.
Then, in information technology, you learn about the hardware and networkings of a computer.
Each year you attend FRCC, you receive half a credit of English, which might help with your class scheduling. Throughout your time at Four Rivers, they offer a great amount of college preparation by motivating you to check into colleges. They also host college nights where certain technical colleges come to the school.
Ms. Maloney, the career resource educator, stated, “Students are given freedom and I feel students are treated more like adults than at other high schools. With that freedom comes higher responsibility and more expectations for the student. Students have to problem solve here, which is similar to how the the working world functions. Our instructors offer support, but make students figure things out for themselves after initial skills are taught. Students can work together to accomplish this.”
Ms. Wieland, the college and career specialist, was quoted, “Four Rivers Career Center offers training for students to begin preparing for a career. The knowledge they receive from their traditional high school classes play a key element because FRCC instructors tie all of the core subject knowledge into work-like situations.
She continued by saying, “The environment at FRCC is different than the high schools. Here, the classrooms are set up to model the workplace and students are being trained and treated like employees. Our hands-on students seem to prefer this atmosphere. A partnership between sending schools is important for students because students receive training on equipment that is costly; therefore, it makes sense for our school to purchase it and students from 10 sending schools to benefit from it.”
Loraine O’Brien, a senior at Washington High School, commented, “I really like Four Rivers. I think it’s a great opportunity and it’s like a free, college-level class. If you take it both years, you can go and work professionally, immediately after high school. It’s kind of chaotic sometimes but other times low key, but overall it’s really fun and I enjoy it.”
Four Rivers Career Center hosts tours if you are interested in learning more about the program. Check with Mr. Peirick to learn more about shadowing at the school, and how you can get involved with the Four Rivers Career Center.
Important Note: A Four Rivers representative will be here Thursday, February 16, at 1:15 for any student interested in attending next year. If you are interested in the presentation, contact Mr. Peirick by Tuesday.