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UTC Helping Better Prepare Their Students
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on October 02, 2013 @ 7:18PM
Created on October 02, 2013 @ 6:34PM

The United Technical Center in Harrison County has recently started a simulated work force pilot and only 22 schools in the state are taking part in this.

"The majority of our students are juniors or seniors so they're very close to graduation. Reality is about to set in with them and we want them as prepared for higher education or the work force as we can get them," said Matthew Call, UTC Director.

Basically they're having students act like school is a job by having them wear uniforms, clock in, and get drug tests.

"It makes for a better transition when we do go out to externship sites or when we get a job after we graduate. I'm hoping that the technical center will adopt it as a permanent thing here because it seems to be working really well," said Carly Fittro, Student.

Since it's only temporary from October until April. Not all the students are participating, only the new students which is about half of the almost 550 students.

"I think it's a good idea," said Jonathan Conch, Student.

Each group of classes considers themselves company for the school year and even get to choose a name.

"Based on student performance and student activity, the company's stock will actually rise and fall based on a set of criteria set by the state department," said Call.

"It helps with attendance because if they miss it makes our company look bad," said Fittro.

One of the major parts of this program is the drug testing.

"We're not out to get the students in trouble or to punish students, we're hoping to raise drug awareness. If it's an issue we want to tackle it now with a students not after they graduate and get into industry and find out they lost a job because of it," said Call.

"Drugs can affect how you do and it puts you in danger when you're on a job so you need to get used to being off drugs," said Conch.

According to Call, parents along with students and faculty think this is a good program.

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