High school students get hands-on experience at KCKCC-TEC
More than 200 students from a dozen area high schools were able to experience hands-on training at the 2nd annual Hands-On Training (HOT) Career Days at the Technical Education Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
HOT provided the students an opportunity to get their hands on a project in most of the 20 technical programs offered at the KCKCC-TEC.
Nearly 100 students from Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Piper and Tonganoxie took part in the day-long activities on Jan. 27 with another 110 students from J.C. Harmon, Turner, F.L. Schlagle, Washington and Wyandotte participating on Jan. 28.
A joint effort of the Career Pathways Consortium of Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties and the KCKCC Technical Education Center, students were transported from their respective high schools to the TEC campus at 59th and Parallel to participate in hands-on activities, tour the educational center, and network with industry technicians.
Students visited two different technical programs to participate in hands-on projects. In addition, they heard from current students about their educational experience and gathered information about the education and training required for a variety of technical fields. Technical programs visited ranged from nursing, cosmetology, early childhood, multimedia/video production and professional cooking to construction, welding, electrical, automotive technology, and auto collision repair.
A new activity, “Career Jumping,” was added to this year’s agenda. In order to best provide students exposure to various careers, “Career Jumping” followed the format of a “speed dating session” in which at the ring of the bell, groups of students rotated to a new table with a different career professional. Several of the career professionals represented non-traditional occupations for their gender such as a female police officer, a female firefighter, a female welder, and a female construction contractor. Students were also given a tour of the TEC, which allowed students to see all other programs offered at the center.