The USD 457 Board of Education was updated on the status of the three courses they are partnering with Garden City Community College to offer to high school students.


The courses are automotive technology, carpentry and manicuring.


Jenny Hands, Garden City High School career and technical educator, said it’s exciting to make these courses a reality — the school district has been working with GCCC for years to make them possible.


The manicuring program will meet daily from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the entire school year at the GCCC campus.


Students from GCHS, Garden City Alternate Education Center and Holcomb High School will combine for the class.


Once completed students will have earned 10 college credit hours, Hands said, and once they turn 18 they can complete the licensure process to begin working in the field and/or they can finish the cosmetology program at GCCC.


The program is entirely free to students.


The automotive technology course will meet every day from 8:20 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. and earn 10 college credit hours.


In the first semester students will take automotive safety orientation and in the second semester they will take the brakes course, learning how to work on brakes.


For the first year it will only be available to students at the alternate education center, Hands said. GCCC will provide the instructor.


“We are hoping that next year we will be able to expand to where we can bus students from Garden City High School to the alternate center to complete the program,” she said. “We are just starting small this year.”


Finally, the carpentry program will meet daily from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the whole school year at the GCCC campus.


Students from GCHS, Garden City Alternate Education Center and Holcomb High School can all participate in the course and will earn 18 college credit hours over the two semesters.


Student will also earn their NCCER credentials, which is an industry standard credential, that is recognized all over the nation to allow them to work.


The course is free to all students.


Board member Janene Radke is glad to provide these courses to students.


“I love that we're going to have these options available for them, especially at not cost,” she said. “I think that's just such an amazing piece.”


The board unanimously approved a cooperative agreement between USD 457 and GCCC for the automotive technology program in regards to GCCC providing an instructor as USD 457 does not have anyone qualified to teach the course.