NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) — Learning to efficiently chop celery and bell peppers is one of the lessons in the culinary arts class at the New Albany/Union County Career and Technical Center.
The students in this class are giving potential ones an idea of what goes on here.
Alongside them in this tour are Career and Technical Center student ambassadors.
Officials at the center say having students available to talk to other young people possibly interested in taking classes here is what's behind their new ambassadors program.
Ambassador Emily Gafford said, "Teachers can explain what it is and what you do. A student who's been in it can really tell you if it's fun, if it's boring, or if you really enjoyed it or not."
Often these student ambassadors use their own experiences to help others decide on coming here.
Ambassador Hunter Wigington said, "I'm taking architectural drafting. I took mechanical drafting last year. I'm going into architectural drafting to be an architect when I get out of
here. It has taught me everything I need to know to go into that field. It's also given me a bye on one of my classes in college, so that's going to help out a lot."
It's those personal experiences that center officials hope will encourage more young people to consider the 12 different programs offered here.
Counselor April Hobson said, "The career and technical programs, not only in Mississippi but in the nation, are some of the growing fields after high school and college. We feel the students can get the basis they need to begin their future careers in those areas."
The programs range from health sciences to journalism and are available to students in both the city and county schools.