Once again, Sampson County School officials are working to hold an automotive class at Midway High School in conjunction with the local community college.
The recent approval took place during a Monday meeting for the Board of Education. Ginger Stone, director for instructional management, briefly presented a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sampson Community College (SCC). Its purpose is to offer participants knowledge about basic maintenance, shop safety and using tools properly.
Board member Glenn Tart was the lone board member who voted against the program, open to anyone 16 or older.
Previously, Tart questioned why the school district had to go through the college, since the course is being taught by Sampson County Schools faculty member Vernon Blackman. School officials indicated that scheduling conflicts at other high schools in the district may prevent students from attending. But according to the recent memorandum, Sampson County School students will have the first opportunity to enroll during a pre-registration period.
For the 50-hour course, participants are required to complete registration forms through SCC and pay a $125 registration fee. Class size will be limited to 10 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees will go to SCC and Blackburn will receive payment for teaching the evening class.
He has worked in the auto industry for 25 years and taught at Midway for about three years.
Midway High School will provide automotive tools, equipment and materials while the college will be responsible for damages that occur during the class. The memorandum will be active through June 30 and has the opportunity to be renewed by the college and the county school district. During the meeting and in the memorandum, an official start date was not mentioned.
After finishing the program, students may earn Continuing Education Units, based on 10 percent of total class hours. The memorandum states that students in the course are not eligible for college transfer credit, but students will receive a certificate after completing the program.
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