While many students take advantage of sleeping in on Saturdays, the Med Prep and Welding students at Tri Star's Dennings Building may periodically be found at "Open Lab Saturdays."
"Open Lab Saturdays" is offered quarterly and originally started ten years ago at the request of a Med Prep student who wanted additional opportunities to get ahead in the class. The student enquired as to whether or not the teacher would be willing to teach them on Saturday mornings. As teacher, Janet Nelson explained, "How can I say "no" when it is the students who are asking to come to school on Saturday?"
These Saturdays are student driven and more casual than the typical school day. Juniors and seniors work together perfecting procedures and skills while learning from each other. Attendance is optional, and according to student, Katelyn Goettemoeller, "I come to open lab Saturdays because there are certain labs that cannot be completed during class. The medical field, I believe, takes a lot of dedication. If I am running behind on labs and am not willing to come in to get them done, how can I be expected to do what needs to be done in my job if it takes extra work?"
The welding lab is also open to current welding students who want to improve their skills. They are often joined by former welding students who share their expertise. This collaboration provides the current students the opportunity to hear from graduates who share their experiences about what it takes to become a valued welder.
Pictured above right: Tri Star Med Prep students (left to right) Melanie Howell and Deb Link