What Is A Non-Traditional Career?

When you hear "Non-traditional" career, it generally applies to careers your gender (boy or girl) does not "traditionally" go into. For girls these broad areas involve technology, trades such as construction and welding, and public services such as police and fire. For boys the areas involve early childhood education such as elementary school teachers, and healthcare careers in the field of nursing. There are many advantages to non-traditional careers, such as the ability to stand out in a field of applicants, and the fact that non-trad careers often pay exceptionally well!

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Monday, May 31, 2010

St. Helens Students Place Third in Ford/AAA Trouble-Shooting Contest

Congratulations are in order for the St. Helens High School Automotive Technology program. Students Callen Prettyman and Thomas Noelcke, working as a team, placed third in the statewide Ford/AAA Trouble-Shooting Contest on May 14th. Prettyman and Noelcke were able to repair all but two minor defects in a 2010 Ford Fusion and drive it across the finish line within the 90-minute time allotment.

From right to left: Proud instructor Mike Herdrich, Prettyman, and Noelcke.

The team received trophies, scholarships for the Ford ASSET training program, and tools from Snap-on, Mac, and Cornwell tool companies. Their names will be forwarded to Ford Dealers, AAA-approved repair facilities, and others as potential employees.

The Oregonian featured the St. Helens seniors, along with their instructor Mike Herdrich, on the front page of the Autos section earlier this month:

The St. Helens automotive technology program doubles as a business, Mike's Automotive, which gives students hands-on experience in the very real world of an auto repair shop. Mike's Automotive is the only high school in the United States that is AAA-certified and open to serve the community.

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