KEYSER - The Mineral County Technical Center seemed to be lost in the ’50s recently when it
hosted its spring open house.

By Marcia Conrad
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Technical Center seemed to be lost in the ’50s recently when it
hosted its spring open house.
Dolly's Diner, with food cooked and served by Katrina Dolly and her culinary arts students, offered a repast of hamburgers,hot dogs, and all the trimmings to the many visitors.
But, although the theme was the 1950s, some of the classrooms and exhibits were clearly aimed at the future. The Adult Education Center offers free classes to assist in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, which is recognized by colleges and employers nationwide. In addition, students may earn certification in customer service, IC3, QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, CPR, and work ethics training. According to Robin Haupt, adult education coordinator, students have a choice of studying in a classroom setting or completing the work online.
Welding students at the Technical Center can begin their training with a virtual welder. While the virtual welder may look like a game, it is much more
efficient for students to practice with it than on actual metal projects.
Although it is not offered every semester, this semester the MCTC is offering a class in firefighting. This program will help students prepare for a career. They receive help from local firefighters and would like to thank Brent Biddle, Dusty Amtower, and Boyd Robinson for their time spent helping with the
class.
In keeping with the 1950s theme, the agricultural mechanics students are working on an 8-N Ford tractor while the agricultural department has lots of baby
chicks.They also offer a variety of agricultural products for sale.
The cosmetology students styled several mannequins with ‘50s hairdos for the event. Although they had only four girls in this first class, instructor Mandi
Rader is excited with the way the program is progressing and the fall class is already at capacity. Rader reports that there is shortage of hairstylists and that the profession is almost recession proof because “People will always need haircuts.”
Lois Spencer, principal of the MCTC, was pleased with the turnout and proud of her staff and students and the effort they put into making the event a
success.