By Grace Summers
Most students are unfamiliar with the Fox Valley Career Center Program (FVCC). The Center offers a variety of specialized courses and programs to juniors and seniors here at Batavia High School. Some of the programs offered are Automotive Technology I and II, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fire Science, Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT), and Welding I and II. These programs allow students to begin to understand what some career fields entail as they start to look past high school. Zach Korchmar, a former participant of the Fire Science course, answered some questions about his experience at the Fox Valley Career Center.
Q: How did you find out about FVCC?
A: “Through my friends. They gave me the idea and said it was a good class to take, and I took their recommendation into consideration and ended up taking the class.”
Q: What was a regular day like working and learning at the fire station?
A: “Lots of training. Once we got there, they would give us instruction on our training for the day. We would then go outside and train.”
Q: What did your training entail?
A: “A lot of physical labor and also lots of drilling and cleaning up at the training site.”
Q: What do you think are some positives about fire science?
A: “Some positives are learning how to save peoples’ lives obviously, learning how to use tools properly, and how to mentally prepare yourself for tough physical situations.”
Q: How did you feel about having to wear your uniform to school and at the fire department?
A: “It wasn’t fun. I enjoyed it at the fire department, but not at school.”
Q: What were some big takeaways that you learned?
A: “How to be prepared for any situation that presents itself during an emergency.”
Q: Would you recommend this program to other students?
A: “Yes, absolutely. I feel this is a great program that gives students a taste of being out in a real career field.¨