This is Angela,
a high school sophomore. This is Angela’s NH work-based learning story.
Angela’s dad liked cars – older, unique ones that he could tinker with. At a young age, Angela recalls watching him with tools in hand under the hood.
When Angela was in third grade, her father taught her how to adjust a carburetor and change the oil.
Angela loves getting her hands dirty, enjoys working hard and is constantly watching YouTube videos to help satisfy her curiosity about how things work.
One day in her sophomore year, Angela attended a career and technical education (CTE) presentation at her high school. Industry professionals from Al’s Auto Care and Customization came to Angela’s school as part of an in-class panel on the expected growth of automotive technology.
The industry professionals talked about how problem-solving and critical thinking are applied to automotive repairs and custom engine work and how the job market is moving toward the need for more skilled labor that combines operational knowledge with critical thinking and technical skills.
Angela really likes what she’s hearing. She mentions to her teacher how much she enjoyed hearing from the industry panel. So, her teacher suggests enrolling in the Automotive CTE program that would allow her to graduate from her home high school and attend a local CTE center to learn automotive skills and earn industry-recognized credentials.
In her junior year, Angela joins the Automotive CTE program and begins a job shadow with Al’s Auto. When she completes her job shadow, Angela’s learned about and seen what it’s like to work with automotive technology.
By the time Angela finishes her CTE program, she knows more about the ins and outs of the automotive industry and can do much more than change oil. She finds herself fascinated with electric cars and wants to learn more about this evolving technology.
Upon graduation from high school, Angela decides to pursue an Associate degree in Automotive Technology at Nashua Community College.
In the end, Angela graduates with an Associate degree, has minimal student debt and a well-paying job where she can work on electric cars and get her hands dirty on a daily basis.
The best part? She is job-ready.
Because of work-based learning, New Hampshire gets to keep a skilled worker, and Angela enters the workforce with little to no debt. This is Angela’s NH work-based learning story.