Wake high school provides jump-start on technical training

Posted April 24, 2015

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— A Raleigh high school is making is easier for students who want to learn a trade and have no plans to pursue a four-year college degree.

The Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, at 2200 S. Wilmington St., is a partnership between the Wake County Public School System and Wake Technical Community College.

"(You) learn a skill that you can use. That's why I came to this school. I wanted to learn a skill," senior Tyler Troublefield said.

Principal Ashlie Thompson said students take high school and college courses, earning credit toward certificates or associate's degrees at Wake Tech. The business community is hungry for skilled workers in fields such as HVAC maintenance and welding, she said.

"They have a real need for folks who are employable in those trades areas," Thompson said.

Senior Nick Mazzeo said the program gives him an advantage as he begins his career.

"I definitely wanted to be a welder after high school and after college," Mazzeo said, adding that the free college credits he racks up in high school will save him money.

The Vernon Malone Academy, which opened last August for students in grades 10 through 12, plans to add a ninth grade for the 2015-16 school year. The school will have an open house at 6 p.m. Monday.


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