Engineering juniors receiving certification include: (seated, from left) Tyler Smith, Zoie Herring, Justin Hendrix, Briauna Eubanks and Hunter Bavetta; (second row, from left) Noah Clark, Noah Savell, Matthew Pecoraro, Tony Riddle Jr. and Grayson Fulton; and (back row, from left) Cameron Hamilton, Braedon Raffield, Tony Grant, Bryceton Spencer and Kaden McDonald. Not pictured is Omarion Stribling.
From left to right: Engineering seniors earning certification include Damien Clark, Zavibien Welch, Ethan Bounds, Mary Kate Moran, Logan Flowers and Caleb Belk. Not pictured are Devin McCoy and Fiona Hurtt.
From left to right: Agriculture students earning certification include Hunter Beason, Eli Richardson, Natalie Verry, Abigail Fortune, Maleah Barrett, Wyatt Bryan and Joe Frank Byrd.
Engineering students Logan Flowers (left) and Aaron Le recently earned OSHA 10 certification.
Thirty-nine Neshoba Central High School (NCHS) students earned Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification this year, putting them a step ahead when they enter the workforce, administrators said.
The certification program provides students with basic and advanced training about common safety and health hazards on the job. Students received OSHA 10 course completion cards at the end of the training.
The certification, administrators said, will help students secure future jobs in a number of industrial fields.
The group included 25 engineering students and nine agriculture/National FFA students. Engineering, agriculture and digital media are three career and technical education programs offered at the high school.
Engineering teacher Sedera Anderson initiated the OSHA classes, which students took last semester while the school was on a hybrid schedule.
The students — many of whom aspire to work in engineering, architecture, computer science and music production — underwent at least 10 hours of online training on 14 different levels.
“They had to complete each level and score 70 or above to move to the next,” Anderson said. “They had to pass the final exam, which covered all levels, with a 70 or above score.”
The levels included fire hazards, ladder safety, hazardous materials, ergonomics and other areas.
Agriculture instructor Derek Huffman said the certification is already paying off for some of his students who have part-time jobs.
“From a vocational setting these days, having OSHA certification gives these students an advantage,” he said. “Some businesses in our community have already offered some of our students a pay increase. If they go into a vocational workforce setting after school or college, they have to meet OSHA guidelines. The certification gives them that advantage.”
NCHS Assistant Principal Dana McLain said these students would have an advantage over other uncertified job seekers with the same qualifications. The OSHA 10 certification program, she said, was “just another example of how our district is really investing in our students. We really want them to excel once they graduate from us.”