State consultant checks out Career Tech at Oxnard

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Oxnard High Industrials Arts Instructor Chad Meyring (left) discusses what’s new in the school’s woodshop class with Charles Parker, a consultant for the California Department of Education, and Phyllis Throckmorton, Director of Career and Technical Education for OUHSD. © John Cressy/OUHSD
A consultant for the California Department of Education paid a visit to Oxnard High on June 2 to check out the school’s Career Technology program.

Charles Parker toured the campus with Phyllis Throckmorton, director of Career and Technical Education for the Oxnard Union High School District, and stopped in on woodshop and computer applications classes during his visit. He met with Industrial Arts instructor Chad Meyring, Business teacher Debra Erdmann and Jan Quilantang, coordinator of the school’s Green Technologies Academy.

He came away impressed.

“I love seeing energetic teachers and I saw a lot of great things going on in the classrooms,” Parker said.

Parker, who works out of Sacramento, said he makes it a point to go on the road in order to observe Career Tech programs throughout the state and to spread the word statewide about those that impress him. He also speaks with as many teachers and administrators as he can during his visits for their input on all matters concerning Career Tech education.

“I can’t do that sitting in my office,” he said.

Meyring, who has been teaching Industrial Arts at Oxnard High for eight years, stressed to Parker the need to provide students with additional vocational training opportunities, adding that when he was a student at Oxnard High in the 1990’s, “my woodshop class got me up in the morning.”

Meyring told Parker about the school’s successful job-shadowing program and how its partnership with HAAS Automation has led to many entry-level jobs for students at the large Oxnard machine tool-building company.

Meyring also gave Parker a progress report on the $1.2 million Oxnard High School Woodshop Expansion Project that began in March. When completed this summer, the project will add 1,300 square feet of space to the woodshop.

“Lately, the kids have been able to attend workshop class and observe actual construction taking place right next to them on a daily basis,” Meyring said. “You can’t beat that.”

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