Las Vegas Sun: School tour series helps companies connect with CCSD’s best and brightest

Terry Culp knows manufacturing. Before he moved to Las Vegas, he was the owner of Friend Manufacturing in New York, which produced big pesticide sprayers for a number of companies as well as the federal government.

So you can trust him when he says that the students at Southwest Career and Technical Academy know what they’re doing.

“If I saw a kid that had the skills that these kids gain going through this school, I would hire them in a heartbeat,” he said.The school, one of seven career and technical academies operated by the Clark County School District, played host to Culp and a handful of other business and industry leaders on Thursday.

It was the first installment in a series of “FutureReady” tours organized by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance with the intention of connecting local industry with CCSD’s best and brightest students.

Representatives from high-profile companies like NV Energy, Roseman University and Cox Communications tiptoed in awe around SWCTA’s gigantic indoor garage, where students behind safety goggles fussed over engines and cars suspended on industrial car jacks. The event also attracted Nevada State Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, and Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, R-Henderson.


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