Heroes Next Door: Industrial Arts teacher inspires students

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A shop teacher at Northwest High School who is showing students another way to be successful in life has also won a nomination for WOWT’s Heroes Next Door.

Bob Cote is a hands-on type of guy, teaching his students how to use their hands and their minds.

“When they say what's four times eight that's 32. That's the square footage of a sheet of plywood so now you start applying why you're learning math,” said Cote.

Mr. Cote ties in English, science and math and wraps it around industrial technology classes.

“It's not a slough off class, I don't except it as one of those electives that you can just come and get a grade,” said Cote.

Donovan Catlin plans to be a lawyer; he believes what he leans in Mr. Cote's engineering class will help him in the future.

“I still feel like it could help me get the right kind of thought processes because of the problems that we process in class,” Catlin told WOWT 6 News.

Austin Adams thinks engineering is what he wants to do for a career. He said, “This is the thing that most interest me and so I get to do what I want and do what I like.”

Mr. Cote is reaching his students, helping them figure out why they want to do with their lives and not every student wants to walk the same path.

“What does high school prepare me for? Well high school right now prepares you for college except for industrial technology and that prepares you for the trades,” said Cote.

Cote says there are a lot of jobs available in the trades; good paying jobs working with your hands.

Students might not need four years of college, but they do need to learn the skills of the trade and some very basic jobs skills.

“If you can teach them to show up every day to school, on time to your class, then you're one step further to getting them employed. So by teaching them these basic things and finding out where there interest are you get them more in tune they realize they have potential they don't even realize that they had,” Cote said.

Cote has been an industrial technology teacher at Northwest High School for four years.