Hands-on classes inspire Benton High students


BENTON, Ark. – Benton High School is giving its students a taste of possible careers with some hands-on classes.

The school now offers everything from sports medicine to introduction to teaching. They hope to guide students to success after high school.

“I mean if they never got the opportunity to actually see what it’s like before college then they might not even plan on taking it,” said one student.

The sports medicine class allows kids to do more than just learn from a textbook. They learn to tape ankles, look for injuries with an ultrasound machine, even dissect a human cadaver.

“The last statistic that I saw this was the number six growing profession nationwide,” said teacher TJ White.

White said kids are more likely to focus on the next step in education after high school if they see and learn about a potential career. BHS’s principal said the school has made a big push to offer a variety of classes that focus on different careers.

“Anything just to show them that there is things out there that they may not have thought about and to give them the opportunities to experience that here on our campus and then they can make a decision on how they want to go forward in the future,” explained principal Curt Barger.

Outside of sports medicine the school also offers introduction to teaching and even fashion merchandising.

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