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PHOTOS: Almost 250 students at Pathways complete certifications, boosting career readiness

Nursing students at Pathways in spring 2020 during a visit from Wyoming’s United States Senator John Barasso. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — 244 students during the 2019-2020 school year at Pathways Innovation Center have or will soon have completed certifications that will give them a leg up if they choose to pursue careers in fields where such certifications are relevant.

“We would like to congratulate all the students at Pathways Innovation Center who worked so diligently to obtain their certifications,” the Natrona County School District said on Wednesday, June 10.

Pathways construction students work on a house. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

The specific certifications students at Pathways have or will soon receive include:

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  • Heavy Equipment Operator – 8 students participating and due to building closures as a result of COVID, they are finishing certificate requirements this week.
  • Nursing students- 33 prospective CNS certifications, due to COVID – they will complete the remainder of testing in July. 
  • Basic Life Support – 55 student certifications.
  • HeartSaver- 5 student certifications.
  • American Welding Society, (AWS) – 9 student certifications.
  • Vet Science – 8 student certifications.
  • ASE Auto – 34 student certifications, 8 of whom have already been successfully hired into the automotive field upon completion.
  • Serve Safe, (culinary) – 26 student certifications, (21 at the food handler level, and 4 at the managerial level). 
  • FAA Remote Pilot, (drones) – 2 certifications.
  • Construction OSHA 10 hour – 64 student certifications.

Students at all four of Natrona County’s high schools are able to take coursework at Pathways.

Pathways culinary students sample a dish they prepared during a visit from Sen. Barrasso this spring. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

“Pathways courses of study include college–preparatory curriculum, industry certifications, portfolio development, and internships,” NCSD says. “P.I.C. offers advanced and professional coursework in the 11th and 12th grades which build on introductory experiences. Experiences are aligned to student interests that fulfill community needs.”

“Students obtain real-world applications focusing on industry standards and college or career readiness.  Sequences of courses are offered, starting with entry-level courses at home schools, grades 9 and 10. Advanced level courses are offered for only 11th and 12th graders at PIC, resulting in industry certifications and or portfolio development.  All students from each of the four high schools have the choice to attend their home school for a half-day and the other half at PIC.”

Automotive students at Pathways Innovation Center. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

Assistant Principal Ron Estes says that the opportunities at Pathways have been valuable to many students.

“I have visited with incoming freshman parents who often said, ‘This is what my child needs, hands-on and certifications,'” Estes said. “I loved observing the daily work and accomplishments of students as they successfully participated in their CTE area.”

“The staff at PIC is passionate about what we do and together with high school and District leadership teams, the Board of Trustees, our industry partners, and the entire community we have worked together to build the awesome opportunities for students at Pathways Innovation Center.” 

The district congratulated students on their achievements and expressed confidence the certifications would prove beneficial once students move out of high school.

Students at Pathways Innovation Center in Casper work on a house construction project in February 2020. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)