03/10/10 — Open house planned for construction, diesel academies at SWHS

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Open house planned for construction, diesel academies at SWHS

By Staff Reports
Published in News on March 10, 2010 1:46 PM

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne High School will hold an open house for its Construction Academy and Diesel Academy on Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Parents, students, and elected officials will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what is available through the two programs.

The Diesel Engine Technology Academy is designed to teach students the skills to service, troubleshoot, and repair medium and heavy-duty vehicle diesel engines. Students who successfully complete the three levels in the DET curriculum may earn a Diesel Engine Certificate through Johnston Community College as well as articulated credit in the Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program at JCC.

"The DET program is beneficial for students because they are given the tools and skills to successfully enter the work force after college or right out of high school if they choose," said Rudy West, coordinator of the diesel academy. "Many parents tell me they wish the same opportunities had been available when they were in school."

The Construction Aca-demy is designed to prepare students for a career in residential construction. Upon completion of the program, participating students will have the opportunity to earn OSHA certification and NCCER certification, which is an industry recognized certification in construction.

"We are very proud of our Construction and Diesel Academies here at Southern Wayne," said John Gerken, construction academy coordinator. "We are committed to providing our students with the skills and hands-on opportunities to become as employable as possible upon graduation. This open house event gives us a chance to showcase to parents and the community what we have to offer our students."

The open house will also include an opportunity to tour the new Habitat for Humanity home being built by the construction academy students.