Edison, Sam Houston high schools matched on field, in classroom

SAN ANTONIO – The Sam Houston Hurricanes take on the Edison Golden Bears on the gridiron Friday night.

But before the kids head to the field to cheer on their teams, they're in the classroom, preparing for the futures.

Edison has a classroom with about 10 future firefighters, taught by retired firefighter Dr. Anthony Rogers. They are taking part in the Public Safety Magnet Program at Edison.

"I just always loved firefighters when I was a kid," said Julian Flores, a junior at Edison.

The students also attend the academy at San Antonio College. They are learning about the history of firefighting, safety procedures and building construction.

"Ever since I got into it, it has just been something amazing," said Alicia Estrada, a junior.

They also learn about various career paths that are available. Estrada wants to be a paramedic; Flores, an arson investigator.

"I just like the police work, working on your own, being a detective," Flores said.

Provided they pass all the tests, the students can graduate with a firefighter certificate -- a leg up when it comes to applying for a job.

The Sam Houston campus hosts the New Tech School. Tim Gonzales teaches a digital media class there.

"It gives you more understanding how to use the computers and how it is going to be used in your everyday life and your job," said Savanah Huerta, a Sam Houston sophomore.

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