The often-gruesome and tragic effects of dangerous driving among teenagers were in full display for the students at Jefferson/Silva High School this week during a simulated, but very realistic mock emergency drill.
The school on Wednesday organized a Shattered Dreams mock crash, which shows students what can happen when teens choose to drink and drive. The event used crashed cars, fake blood and the intervention of actors and real-life first responders.
The simulation at Jefferson even featured a death scene complete with crying relatives, funeral home officials and several grim reapers.
“Shattered Dreams is very realistic and the images students see are very impactful,” said Principal Fred Rojas. “We want students to be aware of what can happen if they make unfortunate choices like drinking and driving … to be aware of what this all looks like.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, the percentage of teens who drink and drive has decrease significantly since 1991. Still, one in 10 teenagers say they have driven while drunk.
The CDC says young people are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident if they take the wheel with alcohol level concentration of 0.08 percent.
To learn more about how to combat teen drinnking and driving visit the SADD web page.
Story by Gustavo Reveles | Photos by Leonel Monroy – El Paso ISD
Staff Report March 16, 2016NewsComments Off on MCA Foundation Hits Milestone with Workforce Development Program at Jefferson High
As part of a grant recently awarded to the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation for the development of an advanced and bio-manufacturing curriculum at Jefferson High School, Simon L. Engel, President of HDE Technologies, a California-based company will be hosting a one day symposium on laser welding at Jefferson High School on March 18th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
“The El Paso Independent School District strives to provide students with real-world learning opportunities that will make them future- and career-ready.” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera.
Cabrera added, “We are happy to partner with HDE Technologies to bring laser welding and advanced manufacturing to Jefferson/Silva. These programs will give our students an edge in a field that is competitive and in high demand.”
The symposium will discuss current laser welding activities and market information in several industries, particularly in medical device manufacturing. The MCA Foundation has organized a local consortium of community partners ranging from educators, workforce development agencies and private industry to assist in the development of the curriculum.
“The mutual interest by the participating organizations and individuals to introduce laser welding education to high school level students may well be a milestone in the laser industry,” said HDE Technologies, Inc. president, Simon Engel. “Laser welding technology attracts the young workforce – since it is a highly computerized technology, it is learnable and is healthier and more environmentally friendly than conventional welding.”
The objectives of the laser welding symposium are to familiarize the participants with industrial lasers and laser welding technology; discuss the current laser welding activities market information in several industries with a focus on medical device manufacture; discuss job descriptions for people involved in laser welding operations; review the status of education available to the currently employed and the upcoming generation of workforce; and lastly discuss the details and costs of preparing educational courses that cover industrial lasers and laser welding technologies, including equipment, facilities, training instructors and curriculum development.