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Students pair vocational and Providence educations

Students with an interest in vocational subjects not offered at Providence such as engineering, nursing and culinary arts have an opportunity to take these classes at Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany. Students attend Prosser for half the day, either morning or afternoon, and Providence the remainder of the day.

For students like junior Daryl Hunton, who is studying culinary arts, it’s a chance to solidify college plans. Daryl’s Prosser classes also include restaurant experience. The cooking portion of the course includes preparing meals, including catered events, in the Prosser café. This semester, she has learned to cook on the front line and will soon be baking.

She said it was challenging at first taking classes on two campuses, but she soon adjusted.

“Now it’s easier because I’m only studying for two classes a day,” Daryl said.

Ten students attend Prosser Career Education Center for half a school day studying subjects from aviation to computer science.

Senior Stephen Schroering agrees that it seems intimidating at first, from being on time to his Prosser classes and keeping assignments organized for both schools.

“With how my schedule is set up, I have enough time to make it to my second school (Prosser), and I have fewer classes, so it is easier to organize,” Stephen said. “And for the time that I am at either school, I feel like I am given enough time to learn in each of my classes.”

Stephen takes architectural drafting and design, and he also likes the real world experiences. He has learned to use programs such as AutoCad, Solidworks, and Revit as well as the class’s 3D printer, which helps bring his digital designs to reality.

“It is very rewarding to see something I’ve created being used by others,” he said.

He plans to attend IUPUI and study mechanical engineering, and when he graduates PHS, he will have nine credits toward his college major.

“I already have a head start on what they will be teaching me in the future,” Stephen said.

Senior Ethan Barber also is getting a head start, even though his classes aren’t on the Prosser campus this year. He studied aviation at Prosser his junior year, taking classes from aerodynamics and to the history of flight. He also completed the FAA ground school, which is the first step in getting a pilot’s license.

This year, his Prosser enrollment gave him 10 free flight hours at Clark County Airport, which are worth about $2,000 and help with the 40-hour flight time requirement for a pilot’s license. He already has most of his hours in and expects to earn his license in a few weeks.

Ethan said he wants to become a pilot because his father and grandfather are pilots and own small planes. He also likes the freedom and peacefulness he experiences while in the air and hopes to become a professional pilot.

“It’s a perspective most people don’t get to see,” Ethan said. “And I get to go places people wouldn’t normally get to.”

His family’s plane can take the pilot and a passenger to regional destinations for a day trip, and his family has taken his grandfather’s plane on longer trips for vacation.

Ethan is considering flight programs at Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky universities. Or he may take business classes at Indiana University Southeast and take flight classes at Clark County Airport.
Other students in the flight program at Prosser include seniors Phillip Stoner and Frank Caylor, who are taking ground school classes this semester. Other students taking classes at Prosser include juniors Sam Hudlin (computer science/programming), Kaleb McCubbins (fire and rescue), Dylan Seals (welding technology), and Christian Weathers (automotive technology), and seniors Nathan Smith (diesel service and technology) and Jansen Tate (criminal justice).

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