By providing their students with safety training, educators gain the satisfaction of knowing they have educated their students academically and improved their students' safety and employability.





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Pete Dijkman - Skyline High School, Dallas, Texas

For the last eighteen years, Pete Dijkman—an automotive instructor at Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas—has been dedicated to providing his students with an education to prepare them for the future. Dijkman began his teaching career after an accident in the automotive industry prevented him from working full-time. He then turned his attention to becoming an educator and making an impact on young adults. “Seeing [students] learn, how happy and proud they are when they accomplish something…when a student notices something in the shop that’s unsafe and corrects it; that’s when I know I’m in the right profession,” Dijkman explains.

In the fall of 2009, Dijkman and four fellow educators were searching for staff development opportunities to incorporate into their school and discovered CareerSafe. “We saw the OSHA credential and decided to try it ourselves first. We all received the CareerSafe [OSHA 10-Hour] training. I saw how well it could work for my students, and now I’m teaching it in the classroom,” Dijkman describes. Dijkman implements CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour General Industry safety training as part of his core classroom curriculum. In the classroom, Dijkman uses the CareerSafe course as homework and the modules as part of a topic list for a research paper he assigns. In addition, his students gain insight from calling and visiting automotive shops to hear firsthand about accidents that could have been avoided had someone known or been aware of hazards in the workplace. Dijkman feels that incorporating real life experiences into his safety conversations makes it that much more of a reality for his students.

Dijkman reveals that CareerSafe has impacted his students in a very positive way. “They realize that there are reactions and consequences for the things they do. They’re able to notice safety hazards in the world on their own,” he explains. He goes on to explain that his students are able to understand important safety guidelines and that one simple mistake can affect everyone in the workplace. In addition to a safety education, many of Dijkman’s students have received employment opportunities or raises for having an OSHA credential. In a final conversation, Dijkman describes how he motivates his students to be active learners. “We have a lot of discussions related to safety from the workplace and even safety in the home. There are a lot of things we take for granted and I want my students to be aware of hazards at home and at work.”

CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.