Vocational classes vital in career choice

Hands-on automotive and metal working classes are essential to AHS students! It's true that these classes provide an incredible opportunity for kids who aren't academically inclined; but, they are also an absolutely priceless experience for students looking to excel in engineering or other technical and science-related fields. These classes instill an intuitive understanding of modern fabrication

techniques, and how complex mechanical systems function. Beyond this,

the hands-on projects create lifelong bonds between students and a

passion for technical projects.

Books will never create this passion; you have to get your hands dirty, and shop class is the only place high school students are given the resources to make their dreams come true. Inspired by Mr. Titus' engine experiments, my dream in high school was to build a jet engine. With the support of Mr. Cooney, I ordered plans and built a pulse jet for my senior project. This project was key to gaining entrance to Cal Poly and earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering.

Since then, the technical skills I learned in AHS shop classes have put me far ahead of my peers, opening up a wealth of opportunities from traveling around the world designing kite surfing equipment, to developing spacecraft echnologies, to startinga sport aircraft company.

None of this would have happened without the incredible support of Mike Titus and Bill Cooney and the irreplaceable resources they make available. My story is not unique; I have many close friends that I made in shop class that have gone on to do incredible things. Thank you, Bill and Mike; I hope Ashland realizes

how much you mean to AHS students!

Go Grizz.

Henry Swales

San Luis Obispo, CA

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