Submitted by Catrinna Berginnis

Elon Musk said, “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” This fundamental lesson was unlost on the selected Mineral County High School students who were graciously allowed the first-hand opportunity to a private tour and witness the extraordinary workings within the Gigafactory, on March 11.

MCHS students who are part of GEAR UP, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Honor Society and the Career and Technical Education academic programs received a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the numerous job positions available at the Gigafactory.

In addition to the tour, the students were presented with a presentation on Tesla’s high school grad apprenticeship program. The program is right now in its third year and employs 50 to 60 students to join Tesla’s manufacturing and development program. In 2018, Tesla carefully selected 54 local Nevada students and eagerly anticipating that number to rise this upcoming year.

With Tesla ramping up its workforce and STEM activities in Nevada, they have also selected 12 schools throughout the state to sponsor under the Solar Rollers program. Mineral County High School was one of the chosen schools. Selected students will design, construct, and race their own solar-powered radio-controlled cars.

All of the students seemed to enjoy what Tesla has to offer and are very excited about the potential and available opportunities to them.