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Career tech students happy to get back to hands-on work (Video)








For most of the school year, students at Max S. Hayes High School could only talk about skills like welding, precision machining and mechanics.  

That changed in March when the District switched from remote to hybrid learning and students could perform the hands-on work required to earn certifications.

Max Hayes offers classes for students to obtain all the certifications the state offers.

“It feels good to be back,” Pablo, a 10th grader at Max Hayes, said after working in the welding lab. “Now you can get the feeling and get the thrill and the adrenaline of actually doing it.”  

Dawone Burns, who teaches welding  had to get creative during remote learning by showing videos and creating interactive online games. 

“It was hard to teach hands on from a distance,” said Burns. “We had to improvise.”

Burns said he was able to help students start fine-tuning their skills during remote learning. 

After hybrid began, students spent most of their time in the lab to make up the hours needed to take the necessary tests to earn their certifications.  

Principal Derek Patterson said younger students like Pablo will be able to earn their certifications in their perspective fields on time, but graduating seniors might need to put in extra hours.