Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
Our names are Elizabeth Clark and Laura Radel. We both attended Mifflinburg High School. Laura and I are going to SUN Tech for Collision Repair and Technology. We are the only girls in a class of 16 students. Also in our class are two students from Lewisburg, one student from Shikellamy, two from Midd-West, one student from Selinsgrove and a total of ten students from Mifflinburg.
I came to SUN Tech because I wanted to learn about cars and how to repair them. Elizabeth came to SUN Tech because she wanted to learn more and has fun learning by doing hands-on projects instead of sitting in class doing book work. We both like working all day on new and challenging projects.
There are many different types of skills that we learn and get to practice. We do three different types of welds, prime, paint, wet sand, buffing, and more. Laura and I are currently working on her Dad’s 1972 Mustang. Other students can bring their cars or their families’ cars as well. Every project is different and sometimes can be hard, but we still get it done.
There are a lot of special things that we like about our program. We both like being active and working with ours hands. Our instructor, Mr. Gunther, shows us new skills that help us complete our projects. Meeting and making new friends is also fun.
In the future, I would like to get more experience in collision repair, get a good job, and some day start my own business. Laura’s future plans include going to college, joining the military and starting her own business.
It has been a crazy year so far in the carpentry program. It’s hard to believe that half of our senior year is over already. Who knew there would be so much to learn about building a house when we started in the Fall? We spent the first half of the year concentrating on floors, walls, and framing with a little roof finishing thrown in for fun.
Our instructor tells us that in the second half of the year, we will focus on interior and exterior finish, things like drywall, trim, window, doors, and siding. It seems as if the second half of the year will be as busy and with as much information as the first half of the year.
In addition to working in the shop, we have three students this year who are participating in a new Penn College Program that allows students to acquire Penn College credits while completing the carpentry program at SUN Tech.
We also will be taking a ten hour OSHA safety training program for certification. Some students will be participating for the state Skills Competition where the carpenters hope to prove we have the skills to compete with the best in the state.
Our instructor tells us once the weather breaks and spring arrives, we’ll have more off-school site projects to do then we have time. All the carpenters are praying for an early spring. We are ready to get out of the shop and build something we don’t have to demo. The carpentry program is tough. The instructor keeps us extremely busy with projects and worksheets. There is never a time when something doesn’t need to be completed, finished on time, or expected to get started on something new; but the school year is flying by. We are starting to feel that someday we will be able to build and complete a house on our own.
My name is Jace Herman and I’m a senior at Selinsgrove High School. I’m currently training to be an automotive technician at SUN. I’m training to be able to diagnose and repair present and future vehicles. My goal after my nine months of training is to obtain employment at a local repair facility. It’s there I’ll gain experience to further my job skills which will allow me to further my career and earn a living wage.
I’m Alex Smith from Midd-West High School. Currently, I’m a senior attending SUN Tech in the Auto Technology program. Earlier this year, I moved from Arizona to Pennsylvania with the hopes of attending SUN. My thoughts were that if I could get into the Auto Technology program I could get a head start on my career as an automotive technician. After SUN Tech, I’m planning to attend Penn College and acquire my associates degree in automotive technology specializing in Honda vehicles. After graduation from college, I hope to have a successful career with Honda.