Local teachers participate in TECHsperience at Northeast Tech’s Claremore Campus

Local teachers participate in TECHsperience at Northeast Tech’s Claremore Campus
Posted on 08/11/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Local teachers participate in TECHsperience at Northeast Tech’s Claremore CampusDays before the new school year began, 19 high school teachers gathered at Northeast Tech’s Claremore Campus for a unique summer camp geared toward educators.

“We were looking for a fun way to bring local teachers onto our campus and into our classrooms so they could learn more about the training opportunities available at Northeast Tech,” said Northeast Tech Claremore Student Advisor Paula Reed. “We often hear, ‘I had no idea you did that at Tech,’ so this event is just one more way for us to educate our stakeholders about what’s possible with CareerTech training.”

The day and a half long workshop was designed to give high school educators a hands-on learning experience with their local CareerTech Center. They would get to know Northeast Tech’s instructors and learn about not only the training that takes place at Northeast Tech, but also the job opportunities available to students once they complete a program.

“High school teachers are some of the most influential people in a student’s life,” Reed said. “We want these local teachers to have an in-depth knowledge of what we offer at Northeast Tech, because their students depend on that guidance.”

TECHsperience began with introductions and an overview of the program before guest speaker, Phil Armstrong, presented on, “Customized Service.” By the afternoon, the guests were in the Northeast Tech classrooms learning a variety of new skills.

“Our instructors did a fantastic job of sharing information about what’s taught in each program as well as the job outlook for students who complete our programs,” said Northeast Tech Claremore Campus Director Rick Reimer. “But because we learn by doing at Northeast Tech, we weren’t going to let our guests leave without some hands-on activities.”

TECHsperience participants were divided into small groups and led through a variety of activities in five of the Northeast Tech programs. In Pre-Engineering, guests were tasked with building prototypes of cable car transport systems – an activity students complete on their first day in the program. In Health Careers, they brushed up on their Heimlich and CPR skills before heading down to the machining shop for a tour about this lucrative and highly skilled career field. They dabbled in project management in the technology-infused EAST classroom, and after trying their hand at capping cables in the Home Automation classroom, participants were wowed with a demonstration in fiber optics.

“I was surprised at the difficulty of some of the tasks that we take for granted, like the data cabling,” said TECHsperience participant Josh Berg, principal at Sequoyah Mid-High. “The setting up of those CNC machines is fairly difficult, and the new fiber optics technology blew my mind.”

TECHsperience participants were asked to submit an application for the event as it was limited to only 20 guests. Typically, teachers are the target audience for the event, and Berg is the first secondary school administrator to participate.

“I loved everything,” Berg said. “I like the real life job experience that kids get here - the hands on side of these jobs. I will really try to push kids here – even our athletes who want to come – because while the scheduling may be challenging for some students, if we jump on it early, we can make it happen.”

As the program came to a close at the end of the second day, everyone was still smiling – something Reed and her colleagues considered a success.

“In looking over the exit surveys, it’s evident that the participants not only had fun, but they learned much more about Northeast Tech in the process,” Reed said. “Our hope is that they will use this new information to steer students toward a path that includes enrollment at Northeast Tech and training for a highly-skilled career.”

TECHsperience rotates among Northeast Tech’s four campuses on a yearly basis, giving teachers from throughout the district an opportunity to apply for the program. The program will be hosted at Northeast Tech’s Afton Campus in the summer of 2018.
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