Pathways Innovation Center students receive forklift certification

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Students at the Pathways Innovation Center have spent countless hours learning the importance and safety of operating machinery. This hard work paid off when students in Troy Corson’s class earned their forklift certificates.

“It just gives them an introduction to the safety and basic use of it and also what is expected when they go to another company they got step ahead,” said Troy Corson, the diesel auto instructor for Pathways Innovation Center.

Learning valuable skills like this provides these students with an opportunity to gain knowledge to help them in the workforce. The forklift certification allows students to be one step ahead with future employers, possibly just needing the additional safety courses many place require.

“I feel like it’s important because it gives you lots of job opportunities, helps you in other places, you know you talk to a workforce you say ‘here I got this certification’ and they’re going notice that hey you’ve done something,” said Chris Castleman, Natrona County High School student.

Of course students are receiving certifications and learning skills that will benefit them on a day-to-day basis in their future career paths. However, another big thing they’re focusing on is leadership. The classroom is set up like a workplace to show them how that operates with supervisors, safety officials, and more.

“So it gives them the responsibility of an actual shop so getting them to where they’re actually looking at that. They also control the flow of the shop so they have to work with other individuals in the morning crew or afternoon crew to keep that communication going,” said Corson.

Corson designed his classroom to run like a professional shop to help students gain a sense of responsibility and compassion for one another.

“It’ll help me learn like ‘oh I can be in this person’s shoes and this person’s shoes and help them out” said Ryan Nete, a Natrona County High School student.

Students in this class will continue to work on more projects to prepare them for the professional world as the school year continues.

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