Can you trust a girl with power tools? Uh huh.
But every year, they acquire along with those skills two things far more important: Independence and confidence.
"I thought it would be cool to know some of the things the guys do," said Katlyn Duvall, when asked why she enrolled.
She discovered that changing a flat tire is a lot easier than she ever thought. And, she's no longer bamboozled by car talk. At the very least, Duvall said she is confident that she will be a smarter consumer when the time comes to bring her own car to the repair shop, or go shopping for a vehicle of her own.
"Life skills" is what Albers calls it.
Albers believes that hands-on, technology skills offer young people great career opportunities, whether in agriculture or manufacturing.
Albers says that girls are fast learners. They seem to make better welders than boys, he said. They tend to pay far more attention to detail.
Albers said the students learn all of the auto maintenance basics, from rotating tires to checking fluid levels. They master basic home repair skills, everything from soldering pipes and working with PVC pipes to knowing how a three-way light switch works — and how to assemble one.
Welding, varnishing, staining and wood building — such as using a jig saw — are all part of the hands-on instruction.
Critical thinking challenge: Why do girls do better in Mr. Albers' all-girls class?
Define these words: PVC, agriculture, acquire
- Posted on November 29, 2012