Career Academy Preview Night

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Throughout the week of Jan. 29, more than 200 sophomores and their families visited the South-Western Career Academy to determine which of the programs offered may be best suited for their career goals. In addition to speaking with the juniors and seniors who are currently studying their preferred trade at the career academy, the prospective applicants were also treated to demonstrations that offered a glimpse of what they could be doing in the near future should they express an interest in any of the programs prior to the Feb. 7 deadline. Among the current career academy students who spoke with the sophomores and their parents about the cosmetology program was junior Kaniya Blissett, pictured here curling the hair on a mannequin. Unlike some of the underclassmen who came to the career academy for the Preview Night on Jan. 31, Blissett knew she was destined for the cosmetology field since she was a child. “I always loved styling hair and I knew even back then that it was my dream job,” she said. While she has found the program to be challenging, it has helped her have a deeper respect for the profession and a greater determination to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a professional hair stylist. “Nothing is handed to you in cosmetology,” she said. “If you mess up, that’s on you so you always have to do your best to be on your game.”
One of the most popular programs at the SWCA is pre-nursing, which will be expanded to meet the demand from prospective applicants. Here, junior Lilliana Santoyo checks the blood pressure of senior Akquira McGraw. McGraw said she was drawn to the program because she wants to be a surgical technologist while Santoyo said she had an interest in the program because she wants to work in obstetrics.
Dan Luft, the instructor of the welding program, does a demonstration at the virtual reality welding simulator. He said this machine allows students to become familiar with the motions of welding without fear of the sparks that often fly around during the welding process.
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