High schoolers swap notes on attending ‘A school’

Mechanic A Students.

Half of the Channel Islands High School students who have gone through the Navy’s Construction Mechanic A School in Port Hueneme are now interning in the service departments of local car dealerships something they say probably wouldn’t have happened had they not gone through the program. “In the military program, I got to see how […]

High-schooler ‘fits right in’

Andrew Geer is in Mechanic A School.

Imagine for a moment that you’ve spent the last several years teaching young adults the ins and outs of vehicles diesel engines, steering mechanisms, suspension systems. Then one day, a 17-year-old walks into your classroom, eager to learn. Do you do anything differently? “Nothing at all,” said Tech Sgt. Gonzalo Amezcua, who teaches the chassis […]

A-school is nothing like high school, student discovers

Men discuss the machine.

They may call it school, but Andrew Geer will tell you that Construction Mechanic A-school in the Navy is nothing — nothing — like high school. “The tests are a lot different,” says the 17-year-old high school junior who’s about halfway through the 11-week curriculum. “They give you a better feel for real life. “And […]

High school student attends ‘A’ School

Man is working on machine.

As a 17-year-old high school junior, Andrew Geer of Oxnard is getting an A-level education. For 11 weeks, Andrew, a standout auto mechanics student at Channel Islands High School, is attending Construction Mechanic “A” School, working alongside 24 Navy and Air Force recruits at the Naval Construction Training Center, Port Hueneme, learning the ins and […]