Chris Garcia and Sean Townsend have big plans.
Both high school seniors envision futures for themselves in the field of mechanics, Townsend working on diesel engines and Garcia possibly moving into aeronautics.
Both have a head start over students who wait to launch their higher education or training after high school graduation.
By the end of the school year, the 17-year-olds will acquire not only high school diplomas, but 31 college credits and a Truckee Meadows Community College program certification in diesel mechanics through a partnership with their charter school, Academy for Career Education, and TMCC. The partnership lets them earn high school and higher education credit at the same time.