The high school program built an entire theater for sound production classes and live events.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado – Inside the Warren Tech South Campus, the sound production and live events course is more like a concert, with students like Vivian Sikorsky learning about professional-grade material in a hall built especially for them.
âIt’s amazing to me that they’ve built an entire theater for this class,â said Sikorksy, a senior.
At the new south campus of Warren Tech, Jeffco Public Schools builds a program based on industries that need more workers, said instructor Ron Gordon.
âI think that’s the model for Warren Tech,â Gordon said. “We try to recognize where there is a need in the industry and do our best to meet that need.”
He knows the event production industry because he worked there for years before coming to teach at Warren Tech.
âA lot of guys are retiring and need new talent,â Gordon said.
Gordon encourages this talent through an immersive experience, with students using soundboards and creating lighting routines for musicians performing on stage.
“It’s a totally unique program,” he said. “I don’t think there is anywhere else in the country quite like this program. Going deep into the engineering of live sound, into the bright programming of concerts.”
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Sikorsky said it responds to his love for music.
âYou learn it, apply it and you learn more about it. It’s really cool,â Sikorsky said. “It’s like a strange little ecosystem that is this class.”
This is just one of dozens of programs offered at Warren Tech’s three campuses in Jefferson County. The school is a half-day program that teaches students from other high schools about trades like video production, studio recording, hospitality and physiotherapy.
âLet me tell you, it’s probably the coolest thing I’ve done,â Sierra King said.
King is a junior in the aviation program, where she can learn to fly an airplane in the classroom with technology rarely found in high schools.
âOur teacher really fought for us to get these big flight simulators, which is very helpful because it saves us flying hours,â King said.
She said simulators make a huge difference when she climbs into the cockpit of a real airplane during her private flying lessons.
âI’m definitely still nervous every time,â she said. “I’m going to sit there. We do everything. We do the pre-flight checklist, we get ready, and I’m sitting there and I’m still nervous, but I know what I’m doing.”
Through the aviation program, Warren Tech is also helping to change a field dominated by men, King said.
“We are very worried that there are no women, and the fact that this brings us more women is crazy,” she said.
It is a school that changes the future by employing techniques perfected in the past. Warren Tech has been around since 1973, operating under one concept, according to associate director Eric Stout.
âStudents thrive with relevance,â Stout said. âIt clicks on a part of their brain that helps them engage more, hold them more. Students become more active in their own education. “
King said the class is both fun and interesting.
âThis is not a normal school class where we have to study and take notes,â she said. “We learn as we go, and that’s what makes Warren Tech amazing for us.”
Warren Tech wins Pass the award for technology-assisted learning, presented by Ball Corp.
âI think what Warren Tech did that helped us win the Colorado Succeeds Award, which I think more school districts will hopefully be able to learn, is just this idea of ââglobal thinking,â he said. Stout said.
The Success Award comes with a cash prize of $ 15,000 and year-round support to share their story with other schools across the state. 9NEWS presents a winner on the first Friday of each month throughout the school year.
âI think it’s a very appropriate reward,â Sikorsky said. “It’s a very different learning experience.”
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