Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

Career & Technical Education

Why are the Career & Technical Education classrooms and labs being expanded?  Why do we need to update these rooms?

WATCH: Facility Needs for the Real World

Career and Technical Education prepares Oak Creek-Franklin students for all 16 Career Clusters in the National Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. Career Clusters help students discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career. 

Woodworking & Construction: The woodworking/construction lab doesn’t have the necessary space for proper equipment. There isn't any project storage. There isn’t enough space for students to work on mock-ups. They do not have a “clean” classroom, only a  working lab. The construction program is growing and the amount of sections are limited based on sharing the woodworking and construction labs for both courses.

Engineering:  The engineering lab does not have the collaborative work space for team problem solving and design projects. There are not enough outlets, workspaces, or storage for both the work and for the equipment used in the engineering classes. There are no sinks for proper cleaning and disposal.

Metals:  The current metals shop does not have the necessary space and utilities required for students to receive a complete education in modern metal fabrication processes. The metals students also do not have a dedicated “clean” classroom for more traditional  introductory and safety lessons.

Except for replacing lighting and a couple of pieces of donated equipment, the Tech Ed Labs and woodshop have not been updated since the high school was originally built in 1960.

Graphics Arts:  The graphic arts room does not have the electrical or plumbing requirements for printing. Currently, a fuse blows if more than two machines are running at the same time. Our wash out sink drains into a 5 gallon pail that needs to be hand emptied into the sink drain.

Automotive:  The automotive lab does not have enough space, ceiling height or storage for the amount of students in the program. Vehicle lifts (to regular working height in industry) and high bays and additional stalls/workspaces are necessary.

Robotics:  Robotics is in desperate need of dedicated work space and storage space for its equipment and tools.

Family and Consumer Sciences:  The current Family and Consumer Sciences kitchens and equipment were set up to learn how to cook for individuals and their families. The overarching goal of Culinary Arts classes is to educate students on how to cook for other people as a career, in bulk, and serve customers.  Most commercial cooking techniques and practices cannot be performed with household cooking equipment due to high cooking temperatures, extensive usage, and large quantity of ingredients used. When entering the Culinary Arts profession, students with experience using commercial equipment will be more ready to succeed and advance themselves.  Commercial equipment will give students exposure to new industry recognized credentials like Servsafe and ProStart. Chefs and restaurant workers are in high demand.

There is no learning lab-based experience for high schoolers wishing to pursue careers working with young children.  In such a lab, students would observe and facilitate learning experiences for preschool-aged children from the community under teacher supervision. Many other area high schools have a child care lab for preschool-aged community children to attend under a high school child care course. Since we do not run a child care lab (preschool), students currently have to teach their preschool-aged curriculum to peers in class instead of to a real audience of preschoolers.   Adding this facility addition would help more students obtain Assistant Child Care Teacher state certification. We have been unable to add this element to the course due to facility restraints--a large enough space to facilitate this, no restroom in classroom and no secure entry were the top issues of why this has not already been implemented. The high school students would have direct application of their knowledge and skills taught in the child care class instead of observation visits at an alternate site.