Students are Nailing a trade at Rosie the Riveter High, a Long Beach charter school, reports the LA Times. The 50-student school “was created in 2007 to help prepare teenage girls for careers as welders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other trades.” However, it’s attracted a co-ed student body of primarily Hispanic and black students.
Students say they are proud to be associated with Rosie the Riveter and the “We can do it” attitude.
“Coming here has opened my mind up. Before, I had thought I might become a special-ed teacher. I never thought about a nontraditional job,” said 18-year-old senior Alaina Servin, a senior who has begun her third year at the school.
“They encourage you to do a lot of things here. My goal now is to work in an oil refinery. It won’t be easy, but I’m a strong person and they make good money there.”
Several students told the Times they like the individual attention they get at the school and the chance to earn college vocational credits, but don’t plan careers in the building trades. Frankly, Rosie the Riveter isn’t good preparation for a future pediatrician — early test scores are very low and it doesn’t offer strong college-prep classes — but maybe it’s better than getting lost at a comprehensive high school.