In the following narrative, WHSAD Senior, Joel Espinal, shares his experience in the Electrical Engineering program at Co-op Tech.
The reason why I chose to go to Co-op Tech is because they give me the opportunity to get certified in my career choice while I’m also on my way to graduate high school. The class I am currently enrolled in is Electrical Engineering. This class focuses on low voltage, residential Wiring, and solar. The classes are by a term which then allows you to either finish the class or go on and get a certification in something else. For me that something else will be Solar. This is a good area to get certified because it’s a business that’s up and coming. Taking that class can help me find better jobs and more opportunities in the field. My professor helps me be independent because he doesn’t just give me an answer right away when I’m stuck on a problem. He lets me figure it out on my own. I experienced this when I was airing up a Home Intercom System and I was stuck on how to actually connect everything to the amplifier. He also provides me with opportunities if he thinks I have the ability to complete the work. I am very advanced in this class so I have been selected as a potential candidate to compete in SkillsUSA. This contest requires a five- to seven-minute demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which a student is training. I will be required to complete a written test of questions formulated from the latest edition of the National Electric Code (NEC), a practical conduit bending exercise and hands-on installation of a conduit system, cabling system and wiring devices.