Each year the
students in the journalism program at PHS finish the course by writing press
releases. The class partners with the Princeton Herald to publish the stories.
These are also featured on the district website under Latest Headlines. This
article is written by Alyssa Rivera.
in the construction trades program get a true hands-on experience, and they
have a finished house to prove it.
plumbing and electrical work are only the foundation of the advanced
construction class offered at the high school. Students take this class to
prepare them for their future and build the walls for careers after graduation.
helps us prepare for what we’re going to do after high school,” senior Austin
Jenkins said. “It really opens opportunities for the workforce. It helps me
understand from start to finish the process of construction.”
seniors work on the crafts they want to do later in life, giving them insight on
how it will be in the real world.
want to be an electrician,” senior Garrett Dearing said. “We get not just basic,
but advanced training for our trades.”
class has an adult instructor, the process is very hands-on for the students,
who take on tasks independently.
“We do a lot
of the work ourselves,” Dearing said. “Our instructor helps and assists us in
certain difficult tasks.”
The house was
not the only thing being built in this class, as friendships between students
were created also.
“We spend an
entire year working on this together, so it's not hard to get to know each
other,” Dearing said. “My best memory of construction trades this year is participating
in Skills USA. We got to spend time with three other classmates, hang out and
bounce ideas off each other.”
the third house the high school CATE program has built and sold, with this year’s
project selling for $30,000. The instructor, Charles Long, designs the houses.
“I come up
with the plan,” Mr. Long said. “I drew it, changed it and added the porch this
year. With the second house, we tweaked it and made it more handicap ready. The
customers can pick the paint and flooring.”
the students on task is one of the obstacles Mr. Long deals with every day.
“It takes a
lot of guidance, especially working on the house,” Mr. Long said. “If I leave
it totally to them, it could get messed up. The hardest part for me is keeping
everybody working all the time. You get so focused on certain aspects of the
building process, you can get bogged down on one thing too long.”
face many of the same challenges home builders do, and must adjust for the
short class period they are given.
mess ups is the hardest part,” Dearing said. “For wrong cuts and measures, we
have to tear down, go back, recut and make sure it’s right. It’s no fun
replacing what you put up. We tear down a lot of progress.”
opens the door to the future for students and helps jump-start their careers.
“It gives us
a more in-depth insight on how the building process works,” Dearing said. “This
class is the best because we don’t spend too much time in a classroom setting
because our training is while we work.”