Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg is opening its doors to the community tonight. The school is showcasing its programs. Director Marshall Price says in the past few years the school has gone from 200 students to 600. Some of these students are as young as ten and eleven.
"Maybe students don't know what they want to do at that age but they figure out what they don't want to do," said Price.
Price says he's noticed kids linking the work they do at MTC to their class work. He says it starts to make sense why they're studying the material.
One of those experiences is new to the school, the rescue and fire program. The Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Department will be teaching a class to train students to handle basic emergency or medical calls. Fire Chief Robbie Symons says this will also help the department get desperately needed workers. Symons says many kids want to get involved as rescue workers but don't have the time to get the training. Now the training is brought to them during school.
"They're extremely busy with whether it's sports activities or band activities they have so many other things to do but if they had the opportunity to come to MTC during the day, they can get the training and then that way they can still do the things they want to do," said Symons.
Classes are expected to start in the fall.