The Career Tech Building is located on the north side of the high school and has been designed to be a 360 degree manufacturing center. The term 360 degree is used for two reasons:
- It is a wide open facility where you can see around the entire space.
- It also contains all of the equipment that you might see in an industrial shop.
The facility is modeled after professional shops, including all of the different equipment that will be available. Some of the components include complete metal fabrication, different stages of welding, CNC mills and lathes, CNC plasma cutter, and more. This is not just training equipment. It’s the equipment students that is used directly in the field. In some cases, students will use the same software as industries in our community.
Once completed, the Career Tech Building will support the high school capstone program in Career and Technical Education. The program is aligned with the Career Pathways schedule, which allows students interested in a certain pathway to live in that world during their time at PHS. Students are also able to take certain Articulated Courses that allow them to earn college credits at participating technical colleges.
Career and technical education (CTE) is an important part of high school curriculum. CTE programs provide a variety of opportunities in industrial trades, agriculture, business, and culinary and family health services. These opportunities are designed as feeder programs for businesses in our community and give students a leg up when they graduate.