Local Middle School Helps Students Learn Workplace Skills

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- It seems like technology is constantly changing, and Skyline Middle School has a class to help students learn.

What started as a woodworking program has phased into the high technology program it is today.

The class helps students fill a niche in the school. They are contacted to help design and print t-shirts for the student body, faculty and staff. They also design and help construct the school drama sets.

Hans Herlan is the Technology Education Teacher at Skyline Middle School. He said the most important part of the class is having the students working together to problem solve, trouble shoot and work as a team to present their ideas to others. He said this helps prepare the students for life after school.

"We have a focus on workplace readiness skills. We want the students to have those skills so we have them doing jobs for other teachers, whether that is putting tennis balls onto classroom chairs, building shelves or helping sand sets for the drama play. Recently, we printed 850 shirts for the entire school, faculty and staff," said Herlan.

Many students feel the most exciting part of the class is being able to refurbish old computers and get them up and running again. By the end of the year, they plan to donate fifteen computers to locally selected deserving families who do not yet have a computer in their home. Virginia Star gave Skyline Middle School a grant for $2,000 to make their goal possible.

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