Since 2011 - 2012, Hermann High School students have had the opportunity to explore career options early in high school through Four Rivers Career Center. Ten students from Hermann each year can be accepted into the program by applying through an application process, ranking of the most qualified overall and teacher recommendations.
Classes at Four Rivers include a variety of courses, some of which are automotive, building trades, machine tool, welding, graphic design, health occupations, and auto collision. There are many other classes that are offered to cover a range of fields of work though the experience is memorable it’s not for everyone.
Students who have one year of experience at Four Rivers do not have to go through the application process again as long as grades were maintained and there were no behavior issues. However, not all students return to the program after their first year.
Logan Jasper (12) participated in the graphic design program last year and chose not to return.
“I wanted a little more freedom and less conformity while designing and wanted to see directly how my art was impacting people,” said Jasper.
Alyssa Gale (12), who also participated in the graphic design program last year, did return for a second year, return for her adobe certification get a job in the graphic design world.
Derek Strubberg (12) prefers his education at Four Rivers compared to a more traditional style of learning.
“The education there is a lot more fun because I am more interested in learning about automotive work than I am the stuff I learned in regular classes,” said Strubberg (12).
Students interested in the Four Rivers program should seek information from Mrs. Pazdera, the school counselor, before selecting your courses for your next year class schedule.