Birdhouses built by students in the LHHS Construction Program.

If you’re an old timer like me, you remember high school shop class, where kids gained hands-on experience in areas like woodworking, metalworking and automotive repair. At my school on the banks of the lake, marine repair was all the rage.

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Today’s students are as interested as ever in classes which prepare them for the work world. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs abound at Lake Highlands High School, where students may study to become veterinarians, pet groomers or lab techs in the Animal Science Program, architects, interior designers or surveyors in the Architecture and Construction Program, sound engineers, broadcast journalists or cinematographers in the Arts, Audio Video Tech & Communications Program, accountants, stockbrokers or real estate agents in the Business, Marketing and Finance Program, teachers, coaches or school counselors in the Education Program, nurses, ophthalmologists, or pharmacists in the Health Science Program, hair stylists, makeup artists or colorists in the Cosmetology Program, security guards, police officers or private investigators in the Law Enforcement Program, electrical engineers, robot operators or biomedical engineers in the Manufacturing Program, software developers, network architects or computer programmers in the STEM Program.

These are just a few of the many possibilities. You may learn more here.

If you’d like to support Wildcats, the LHHS Construction Program is selling items built by their students, including wooden dog houses ($150), pallet benches ($85), kids’ rocking chairs ($60), bird houses ($10) and crate boxes ($20). A variety of colors is available. All funds will go to aid the LHHS Construction Program.

For more information email their teacher,

Bench built by students in the LHHS Construction Program.

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