The new firefighting course will likely be offered at the AVC starting in the 2015-2016 school year. It will cover all the skills related to extinguishing fires, Pipher said.
“It’s something we’ll work with local fire departments on,” Pipher said.
Before taking this class, however, students first have to complete a “health occupations and skill development” course where they become certified first responders, Pipher said.
All of these new courses are part of a concerted effort to give students more career options and to help the local business community find qualified workers, Pipher said.
Three years ago, MVTHS moved from a seven-period day to an eight-period day, leaving more room for elective courses, Pipher said.
“We’re trying to add options for students,” Pipher said. “We’re also trying to help the community.”
The frequency and scheduling of the new classes will largely depend on how many students sign up.