by Lisa Tome
Krystle Schweers is one step closer to her dream job of physical therapist.
For a year Schweers has been a student in the Cecil County School of Technology's Allied Health program. She will graduate next week after having earned certifications as both a certified nursing assistant and geriatric nursing assistant.
"I have met a lot of new people and made some friends. This has given me insight into college and opens up opportunities for me," said Schweers, who is also a student at Perryville High School.
Her classmate, Karlee Wilkinson, who attends Elkton High School, landed a job at Calvert Manor Healthcare.
"I work as many days as I can. I have made a lot of friends and I have a job. Without this, I would not know anything. This has been a blessing for me," said Wilkinson.
Jennifer Husfelt, another Allied Health student who attends North East High, also got a job. She works at Laurelwood Care Center.
She has also been accepted to two colleges where she will pursue a career as an emergency room or trauma center nurse.
Tyler Shrewsbury, who studied Allied Health and attends North East High, earned certifications and also learned a little about the world around him. Shrewsbury was one of only two male students in a class of 14 girls. "It wasn't too bad. I thought it would be worse. The experience I got will help me in my college plans to be a physician's assistant," said Shrewsbury.
"I came in here with nothing. And I'm leaving with some certifications."
That's the opinion of Kory Capossere, a Heavy Industrial Maintenance student at Cecil's School of Technology. After a year of work, Capossere will graduate within the next two weeks and return to his home school, Bo Manor High. "Now I want to go to tech school and get an apprenticeship to be an electrician," said Capossere.
Dave Shiel, the instructor of the Heavy Industrial Maintenance class, said students who complete the course now can get jobs in entry level positions at local businesses such as Terumo or Gore.
Joe Wilson, another student in Shiel's class whose home school is Elkton High, got a job.
"I am a helper at an electrical contractor. It's a part time job. I help with chores around the shop and do small tasks," said Wilson. "This program did a lot for me. It gave me a lot I didn't know about pipe bending, welding, electrical motor control, and basic wiring. It was a good decision to come here and I recommend it."
Reed Hill, an Elkton High student, also got a job as a result of his year in the Electrical Trades program. "I came in and I didn't know anything. Now I can run basic brand circuits. I work for Quantum Controls. Without this class, I wouldn't have had the guts to go there," said Hill. "It's great. I love it. This class gives me a chance to learn how I learn - with my hands. Everybody here does everything they can to help you. They will help you if you need help."
Three other electrical students, Ricky Orr, Justin Owens, and Justin Frey, all studied Electrical Trades. They all landed jobs with Shoreline contractors and were in the field last week.
Rising Sun High student Carri Birdsall collected a Natural Resources certification. She said that will come in handy in the future. "I wanted to learn how to fix a mower," said Birdsall. But she will attend Cecil College to study nursing.
The approximately 202 students from Cecil County School of Technology will graduate on Thursday, January 22. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at Elkton High School.