Coloma Community School District offering the CTE program, carpentry shop for students

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Coloma High School will again offer its CTE program when students return to class on Monday, August 29.

It’s a program that’s now available to their junior high students, and 16 News Now is learning that the numbers are skyrocketing with participation.

Students will learn simple drawing techniques, how to draw on a computer, welding, thermal cutting, forging, hand machining, some automotive work, and even basic woodworking, which is new this year.

But the most important thing they will learn is how to solve problems.

“If I answer all their questions, they really don’t learn as much as they could,” says Coloma Secondary School teacher Charles Luchies. “But if I could guide them in thinking about a process, then I would lead them not only to be successful in my classroom, but to be successful in the world of work, and to be successful in math and English classes because they use their brain to think about a problem.

“We actually have a system in place that we started about two years ago, where we’re actually going to take kids who are advanced in machining or welding, and we’re actually going to pick them up and put them in place. the area at local stores,” Luchies added. “So they have a half day here in high school and basically go to their jobs for half a day. And they get vocational training there and they get paid for that as well,” Luchies added.

The Coloma Community School District says college can be expensive and frankly not for everyone. But thanks to this program, students are hired right out of school. They have a purpose and no college debt.

Ryan H. Bowman