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Career Technology Courses Open Doors for Students at Edison

Students at Edison have access to a well-rounded career technology education. With thirteen courses available to them, there are plenty of avenues for students to explore.

Carolyn Leach teaches four of the career tech classes, including Fundamentals of Administrative Technology, Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design, Customer Service, and Business & IT Capstone.

“These classes are very important because the skills they learn they can transfer to anything they are going to do. No matter what job, they are going got need computer skills,” said Carolyn.

In these classes, computer skills quickly intertwine with life skills. Students are learning everything from personal finance to how to send a professional email.

“Kids don’t know it unless you teach it to them,” she said.

The graphic design class partners with the drama department to create posters for their productions. The drama teacher selects the poster she likes the best to advertise the show.

“It helps them to see their work in real-world situations,” said Carolyn.

When they reach senior year, students can actually get out into the real world through the Business & IT Capstone Job-Out Program. Students come to school for five hours, and then they spend the rest of their time at a customer service job.

“They find their own jobs,” said Carolyn. “It’s not an internship. It’s a paid job.”

This teaches students how to balance work and school – a skill that will be extremely valuable for students that plan to attend college.

Freshman and sophomores at Edison have the opportunity to take two engineering classes offered by the Tulsa Technology Center. In Introduction to Engineering Design, students learn how to create projects in Autodesk that will be 3D printed for them to take home. They start with a puzzle cube and eventually make more complex personal projects. Students in previous classes have made everything from a skull for anatomy class and roses to cars and cups.

“There have been so many different things that students have made, but I usually try to get them to look at something utilitarian to use the design process that they learn. They can make something that they can actually use,” said instructor Melissa Gill.

In Principles of Engineering, sophomores get an overview of nine different engineering disciplines – one a month – including mechanical, structural, electrical, and chemical.

“Each student looks at what they like, and then they can make a decision for 11th and 12th grade which direction they want to go,” she said.

The program is designed to set up the upperclassmen to take STEM classes at Tulsa Tech in the discipline they were the most interested in. Freshman and sophomores in the engineering classes can also get college credit and CAD certifications.

All the career technology classes are offered as electives, so students can pick and choose which ones interest them the most. To find out what other courses are offered at Edison, check out the Academics page.