MHS ninth graders tour Ross Collins
Over the past two days, ninth-grade students from Meridian High School have gotten the chance to see what Ross Collins Career and Technical Center — one of the state’s oldest career and technical centers is all about.
“This is one of the first glimpses they (9th graders) will have at Ross Collins,” said Rob Smith, RCCTC Director. “The tours allow us to have good dialog with students throughout the year about the programs they have the opportunity to take entering their tenth-grade year.”
Students spent the last two days touring the career and technical center, which allowed them to see some hands-on instruction while touring the center’s thirteen programs. Once students arrived at the center they were divided into groups and given a tour of the facility by student leaders already enrolled at Ross Collins.
Getting the chance to tour the center and see what potential careers might await was important to freshman Gabrielle Henderson. “I like the fact that we are given the opportunity to see what we may want to do and figure out what we want to be when we get older,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the health sciences programs.”
Freshman Keyani Grace, who really likes the teacher academy, had this to say about the program: “I really like the teaching class and working with smaller kids. Getting to do the hands-on applications and projects will prepare me for a career in education.”
For freshman Kelvin Jones, it was the culinary program, “I liked the culinary program — it was a little different.”
The tours, which ended today on National Tradesman Day, allow the students to see what classes they might be able to take entering their sophomore year of high school.
“It’s very important for the students to have access to our programs to see ahead of time what they need when choosing their schedule at the end of the year so that they can make informative decisions about what to take at Ross Collins,” said Smith.