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Aug 17, 2010 4:35 PM by Veronica White

Lafayette Unveils Technical High School

Lafayette's newest high school-- Thibodaux Career and Technical High School-- opened Tuesday.

It is temporarily housed at Acadiana Technical College.

The students say they are getting ready for the real world.

Academically motivated high school freshman Vanessa Sullivan says this school was the obvious choice for her.

"I decided to come here because it has way more opportunities and you get credits earlier. I want to be a surgical doctor," she says.

Vanessa studies under the " Health and Applied Sciences" pathway. The other 3 options are Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Human Services.

The classrooms are hands-on learning centers instead of the typical chalkboard-and-desk rooms. For example, Vanessa's classrooms hold dummies dressed as patients and hospital equipment.

This new school is the first of its kind in the state, and it will give students college credits in addition to a high school diploma.

"You definitely have the relevance. Students are learning 'why do I need to know this?' They're applying it to the real world," says Principal Alicia Caesar.

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