In the fourth quarter of last year’s academic school year (the first quarter in the new building), 41 Columbus High School students earned Snap-On digital multi-meter certification through the National Coalition of Certification Centers. “Snap-on expected us to only get 10 to 12 students to pass the certification, but we got 41 students to pass,” says Heidi Elliott, STEM career coordinator. “What that tells me is that not only are our students truly buying into our STEM Academy and the pieces of certification but so are our instructors.” Additional certifications will be offered in Torque, Precision Measurement, and Solus Edge Scanning this school year.
The STEM Academy was designed and continues to grow with input and interaction from Columbus area businesses and industry partners such as Becton Dickinson & Company, Cargill, Behlen, Blazer Manufacturing Corp among others. Collaboration creates opportunities for business and industry representatives to interact with students both in the classroom and on the job through seminars, career and job fairs, field trips, internships, mentoring and job shadowing.