One building on the Robertson High School campus is dedicated to teaching a host of subjects that give students skills that will come in handy for the rest of their lives.
Along with academic subjects, students are learning about woodworking, culinary arts, drafting, art, photography and agriculture.
When the Las Vegas Police Department was looking for a simple way to keep track of citations and invoices, Officer Shawn Montoya asked woodworking instructor John Rudolph if some of his students could design and build a couple of boxes that would suit the department’s needs.
“We decided to do this as a community project, and I assigned three of my students to do the work, which they completed within a week, ” Rudolph said.
Rudolph teaches basic and advanced woodworking classes.
In one class, Rudolph said students learn how to put their ideas on paper, cut all pieces out from a single piece of lumber and then assemble a finished product.
“I also teach home construction where students learn how to frame a house in miniature form. After they leave this house construction class, they can get a job in the community helping contractors,” Rudolph said. In another class, he teaches furniture making for more advanced students.
The teacher said his classes also make his students wiser consumers.
“If they know how something is constructed soundly and economically, when they go out to buy a piece of furniture or even a home, they will know whether or not they are getting a quality product,” Rudolph said.
Vicente Jaramillo has been taking woodworking for two years and said he has learned how to use all the machines. His biggest project so far is a gun cabinet he built last year.
Andres Archuleta added that students learn about safety and some of the finer points of carpentry. He said sometimes it’s more helpful knowing what not to do while working with wood.
Josh Vigil said making the two boxes for the police was an important project because it will help the police do their work and the boxes will last a long time.
“I think they put a lot of effort into this and did a wonderful job. It’s great having our young leaders of tomorrow doing work for the community today,” Montoya said.
Montoya said one box would be used for invoices for work done on police vehicles and the other would be used for citations. He said the three students would soon be given formal recognition for their efforts.