GFB Industries Co-founder George Radford said, “I want to thank Superintendent Tim McGinnis for supporting this program. The practical lessons they learn in class will have an impact on their lives later on.”
Teacher Lori Ricks said that students in the vocational program had an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school by attending the class and passing a standardized exam. “We started the program four years ago. Of 26 freshmen that started the program, 21 are still enrolled.”
Senior Josh Cox said that he has applied his knowledge of computer-aided design to his internship at Stone Plastics. While at his internship, he has designed plastic trays for several of the businesses clients. His class work includes design of puzzle cubes and toy trains. He said that a favorite hands-on lesson was the construction of a ballistic device called a trebuchet. “If not for this class, I wouldn’t know what I was going to do after high school.”
Cox said that he has been accepted to ITT to study drafting.
Seniors Jennifer Johnson, Mike Savage and Victor Perez collaborated on a project for a new activity center for Radford and the Genesis Express Civic Group. Their design, featuring an interactive walk through via computer graphics, and a piece-by-piece virtual design qualified for a state-level contest with 116 out of a possible 120 points. A second team missed the state meet with 99 points. The qualification mark set the bar at 100 points to go to the state event.
Savage said that some of his school projects included collaborating with a partner to design a dream house on a computer to scale.
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