Students in Brad Tucker’s automotive classes learn about automotive maintenance and repair. The program has new state of the art equipment in the shop and automotive simulators in the classroom provided by a West Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (WKWRSI) grant, Mr. Tucker brings over 20 years of experience to his students. Students perform well in automotive competitions and earn industry certifications that prepare them for working in the automotive industry. Students can earn up to ten dual credit hours taking classes and labs in Auto: Special Problems classes.
Students in the Business Administration pathway have a variety of business classes offered to them in Eric Batts’ classes. A former banker who came to teach at the 4Rivers Academy, Mr. Batts teaches financial literacy, business principals, accounting and foundational principals, economics and entrepreneurship to allow students to explore the different types of business applications. Mr. Batts uses a combination of software, media drones, projects, and Dave Ramsey’s financial literacy program to teach his business concepts to his students. Students compete in regional and state FBLA competitions and bring home awards and honors to the school.
Students in Heather Elder’s health science pathway complete a rigorous pathway to earn their Medicaid Nursing Assistant (MNA) certification that includes Life Skills/Heath as freshman to principals of health science, emergency procedures, and body structures and functions as sophomores and juniors to completing Medicaid Nurse Aide and clinicals as seniors. Students completing this pathway are either ready for jobs in health care or proceed on to post-secondary pathways in nursing, or other health care fields. Ms. Elder is the sponsor of HOSA and students in Health Sciences join HOSA and attend state conferences each year.
IT teacher James Potts has restructured the entire IT program through a New Skills for Youth Cohort II grant. Adding new classes and curriculum as well as state of the art technology has encouraged more and more students to take the IT and Computer Science pathways offered at the 4RCA. A WK GEAR UP grant will bring the Project Lead the Way Computer Science program to this program to further enhance the program. Traditional courses such as computer hardware and software maintenance and digital literacy are now joined by computer science principals and cyber literacy to enable students to transition on to post-secondary IT pathways. Mr. Potts is a FBLA sponsor and the students bring home FBLA awards from regional and state competition. Mr. Potts’ students are a part of a cooperative learning partnership with WK&T in Mayfield, KY.
With strong partnerships and a solid welding program, welding instructor Will Greer works with his students to teach them the welding skills necessary to earn their welding certification and dual high school/college credit to transition to either the work world or post secondary technical training. Course include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Oxy-Fuel Systems, Gas Metal Arc Welding and Blueprint Reading for Welding. The welding shop has been completely updated through the WKWRSI grant. Students can use a welding simulator, fabrication equipment, and new welding equipment throughout he lab. Students complete welding projects including a partnership with Ingram Barge that allows students to learn how to weld on barges and helps them to be placed in jobs there. Students are recognized as regional technical students and do well in regional and state competitions. The students host regional competitions to encourage a high level of performance in welding and participate in career fairs for middle school students to encourage future enrollment in the program.