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The drafting technology pathway at Thurston High School is one of the many career technical education (CTE) courses that is preparing students for real-world careers and college with relevant hands-on learning.

The drafting technology pathway teaches students the basics in the technical drafting class.

The four remaining courses allow students to learn how to use industry-standard equipment and the latest software.

Students design residential home plans in the architectural drafting class. The mechanical engineering class provides training in mechanical parts design. The designed parts are built on a 3D printer so students can test their products.

“Many students who complete this program are hired right out of high school,” says drafting teacher Greg Proden. Some also continue their drafting education in college.

Students who complete the drafting technology pathway courses earn college credit at Lane Community College. If a student passes all of the drafting classes, they can earn 16 college credits at no cost, a savings of approximately $1,800.00.