MIDWEST CITY — Barry Millican learned how to cut copper pipe, make joints and fittings, and solder metal Wednesday. Not a typical morning's work for the Del City High School counselor.
Millican and about a dozen other middle and high school counselors in the Midwest City-Del City School District took part in a technology boot camp Tuesday and Wednesday at the Mid-Del Technology Center. "It's good as counselors to come here and see what is offered, so if our students indicate an interest in a certain area, such as architecture or automotive service, we can better advise them,” Millican said. Nancy Sullivan, marketing director for the technology center, said the boot camp was made available through a $14,000 tech prep grant through the state Career and Technology Education Department. The grant pays teachers to come back and teach the counselors and pays the counselors a stipend for attending. The camp has three focus areas: pre-engineering — a program that will be offered at the technology center for the first time in fall; construction trades; and computer repair and troubleshooting. Counselors took a field trip Tuesday to the Boeing Co. to see potential engineering jobs for their students. They also toured Tinker Air Force Base. In the computer course, they learned about a degree in cyber security — one of the hottest degrees now, Sullivan said.