DUDLEY - Southern Wayne High School is making strides to better prepare their students for not only college, but the workforce as well.
Masonry and carpentry students at Southern Wayne began work on the school's EMT training facility early in the school year. On May 29, all of the work that those students put in culminated in a celebration and ribbon-cutting. Southern Wayne High principal Kevin Smith shared the importance of the training facility on the campus.
"We've tried very hard [to prepare them] for the real world when they leave Southern Wayne and I can't imagine any better way to prepare them than doing life projects," Smith said. "This building is a life project, our students did everything and the things they did here will prepare them. It's important for us to prepare our college-bound students, but also our career-bound students."
The EMT truck that currently sits on the campus was given to Southern Wayne. A local EMS unit was looking to get rid of the truck and now Southern Wayne students can benefit from having it at their disposal.
Nine students are enrolled in the school's first class in the EMT training program: Carolina Diaz-Vail, Alicia Chavez Miguel, Maria Castaneda, Francisco Escalante-Perez, Fidadelfio Perez-Lopez, Alyssa Sheppard, Natalie Daughtry, Hannah Whitman and Kayla Faison. The students are directed by Richard Proctor.
"Students can come back in 20 years and show their kids what they built here and that's the important thing. We want our kids to have a sense of pride in what they do and with this, they are leaving their mark," Smith said.