CROSBY -- The Crosby-Ironton School Board heard presentations Monday from the teachers in the industrial technology and vocational program department. The teachers explained what they teach and what is going on in their area of expertise.
Tom Ringhand teaches manufacturing processing, metal technology and basic auto. Tasks the students learn in these courses are how to arc weld and how to use a hand grinder and a plasma cutter.
Ringhand said the most important value the students learn is safety skills. He hopes students in the classes will also develop and promote job skills, critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic.
Ringhand said the strengths of the classes are the classroom and shop space and the history of the quality instructors. He said area industries are strong points because they show students there are jobs out there.
Weaknesses in the program include equipment that is getting worn down and needs to be replaced, many missing tools and a poor ventilation system in the shop room.
Another teacher is Mike Beseres, who teaches three levels of electronics, photography and drafting and design. He educates students on the basic knowledge of electronics, as well as fiber optics and the integrated circuits. He shows student how to process film and how to enlarge a photo. Beseres also educates the students on Adobe Workshop, a program where photos can be scanned and manipulated.
In drafting and design, Beseres has the students create 3-D architectural designs, as well as a floor and elevation plan.
" I think that we have the best electronic classes in the state," said Beseres. "Drafting is good, but can be improved and photo is also one of the best in the state."
Other teachers in the industrial technology and vocational education programs are Paul Lendobeja and Jim Barrato. Lendobeja teaches basic auto, small engines and auto mechanics. He also teaches cisco systems networking.
Barrato educates students on several woodworking skills. The students have a chance to build cabinets and also are building a home for Habitat for Humanity. This gives the students a wide range of skills for construction.
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