At TMCC High School, students get technical certificates while earning diploma

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Students who attend TMCC High School can pursue technical certificates from Truckee Meadows Community College while earning their high school diplomas. The dual credit program is free for students in Washoe County. Assistant Principal Tomas Macaluso says it gives students the opportunity to leave high school ready for highly-skilled careers in fields that are hiring.

"They can come acquire these skills, take these classes with other college students while they're still in high school, all while tuition-free," says Macaluso. "And that's the thing that could dramatically impact their life forever."

Erik Hartman, 17, a high school junior at the school, is taking part in the two-year program that will have him leaving with an associates degree in Advanced Manufacturing as well as his high school diploma. He used to be a student at Damonte Ranch High School, but realized this was a better fit for his career path.

"A lot of Tesla people are coming here to do the same thing I'm doing, so if you're a high school student and you're doing the same thing I'm doing, you're moving up the ranks like the adults," he says.

TMCC High School is hosting an open house for students who are interested in the program. It's recruiting juniors and seniors from across the Washoe County School District to join the school in the spring of 2019 to earn technical certificates in a variety of fields, including: Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics, Automotive, Diesel, Drafting, Architecture, Construction and Design, Welding, CNC Machining, and HVAC/R.

The open house takes place Wednesday, October 10 at TMCC High School at the Applied Technology Center, at 475 Edison Way in Reno. It runs from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.