DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Technology Center is celebrating Career Tech Month by showing how much of a difference their classes can make in a student’s future.
Dothan Tech has over 15 different programs students can take part in to learn more about those careers and the skills needed in today’s society.
These programs include all walks of life, from medical sciences and building construction to cosmetology and culinary.
These classes also give students the opportunity to learn from real hands on experience.
“Well, this is a lot different than other science classrooms where you just learn the basic information,” Senior Bio-Med student Carrie Elaine Smith said. “Here, you get to actually apply it to the laboratory techniques and the experiments that you do so that information tends to stick with us longer, and for me, I love to dive deeper into the lessons that we learn so then I have found my passion that I have for these science technologies.”
Although many of the older students have not been able to have internships or shadow opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still learning the skills needed for their careers and are able to learn from career professionals who also spend time teaching at Dothan Tech.
“Everything that I teach is outlined by the Alabama Board of Education, … and a lot of times, I’ll ask the kids as well, what else do you want to learn?” said Nassandra Corbitt, who owns Hairoglyphics salon in Dothan and teaches Cosmetology. “And I’ll integrate it into my syllabus.”
Corbitt went through Dothan Tech Center herself before moving onto Wallace College to further her career and believes it is a great opportunity for kids, no matter what their future holds.
“Career tech is amazing within itself,” Corbitt said. “It allows kids that might not be afforded the opportunity to go a university or a four-year college or maybe a child that isn’t interested in a more traditional jobs to explore another option to be self-sufficient and productive members of society.”