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June 20, 2018

Students Explore Careers At Tri-Tech Summer Academy

Jennifer Partida just wrapped up a semester learning automotive technology at Tri-Tech Skills Center but she isn't waiting until the fall to get back into Tri-Tech's garage.

"There's a 1966 Mustang we're going to rebuild," the future high school senior says of the program's summer projects. "It's exciting to work on things we can't typically get to during the school year."

Jennifer is just one of the roughly 600 students are enrolled in Tri-Tech’s Summer Academy. Twenty career and technical education-related programs are being offered between June 14 to July 3 for students in Grades 9-12. The Academy is full and no longer accepting student applications. 

Students can earn graduation credits from attending Summer Academy classes. Some, like Jennifer who have attended Tri-Tech before, attend to keep up their skills and work on special projects.

Others, such as Gissell Bojorquez, enrolled to see what Tri-Tech is like. She is taking an introductory culinary arts class.

“I wanted to learn how to cook like a professional and I’m loving it,” Gissell says. “I much rather be up and using my hands than sitting all day.”

Tri-Tech staff say the Summer Academy is a great opportunity to show students the options at Tri-Tech.

“These courses give students a taste of what Tri-Tech offers and helps them get excited about careers they are considering,” says assistant director Abby Matson.

(Photo: Jennifer Partida works with another student as part of the Intro To Auto Systems class during Tri-Tech Skills Center's Summer Academy)