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Fresno Unified to offer career training classes at night this fall

Next fall Fresno Unified will be offering career training classes at night. The classes will be offered to adults as well as students.

Next fall Fresno Unified will be offering career training classes at night. The classes will be offered to adults as well as students.

Students who want to learn how to weld or change a belt on a vehicle get first hand training at Duncan Polytechnic.

Christian Robles has been learning his trade for the past four years. "I know what welding was but I didn't know what kind of jobs and there were different kinds of welding processes either."

Fresno Unified believes career training classes should be offered to adults as well so it's partnering with Fresno City College and State Center Community College District.

Sally Fowler is executive officer of the career training program in Fresno Unified. "There is a cry from our community, our employers, our business partners continue to tell us they need a qualified work force."

Students and adults will be able to take night classes to earn either high school credit, college credit or certification. Fresno Unified wants to know what kind of classes it should offer so it created a

career technical education survey to get student and parent input. "It will be the first time that Fresno Unified has done this kind of endeavor where we've opened up our campus and started offering courses in the evening."

Not far from the welding shop, construction is underway to create even more career training opportunities. "We're building a state of the art heavy truck mechanic program. We are redesigning our construction program

to offer both residential and commercial instruction.

Fresno Unified is ready to expand career training at night but it wants community input before creating the curriculum.

If you would like to participate in Fresno Unified's career technical education survey here is the link: https://www.fresnounified.org/news/stories/Pages/Career-Technical-Education-Survey.aspx#.WnzrXainGUl


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