Burke’s Corner: June 6, 2014

By Burke Bruttig

Burke’s Corner is a once-a-week photo corner of answers to questions of  seriousness, controversy or lightness in El Dorado County. Look for me in the community each week to ask you the question of the week and get your answer! For future question suggestions, comments or contact, Burke can be reached at [email protected]

Question: What are you doing after graduation this year?
(Asked at the El Dorado Academy Trade School.)

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Joseph Marquez
Class of 2014

Joseph has attended El Dorado Trade School for 1 ½ years. He was able to complete his graduation requirements by the end of the first semester. His future plans include enrolling at Universal Technical Institute, where he will receive formal training in Collision and Auto Body Repair. He also has a real interest in auto detailing and custom paint, where he will incorporate his talent and love of art. His plan for the summer is to become gainfully employed.

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Jeremia Murry
Class of 2014

Jeremia has attended El Dorado Trade School for four years. In the last two years he has participated in the Regional Occupational Program where he earned his certification in metal fabrication and welding. Jeremia also was the recipient of the El Dorado Trade School Faculty Award for his outstanding scholastic achievement and citizenship. His plans for the future include pursuing a career as a machinist. He hopes to be working for a local machine shop through the summer.

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Luis Rivera

Class of 2014

Luis has attended El Dorado Trade School for two years. During this time he participated in the Regional Occupational Program for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program. He has also been accepted into Universal Technical Institute. He will specialize in automotive repairs on BMWs. His training will take him either to Texas or Florida. Plans for summer include continuing his work with his family’s business and planning the move for UTI.


Clayton Valentine
Class of 2014

Clayton has attended El Dorado Trade School for four years. He participated in the Regional Occupational Program for two years in the Fire Technician Program where he received his certification in CPR and Wild Land Fire Fighting. During his internship he was stationed at Firehouse 89 in Cameron Park. His career plans include continuing his pursuit as a wild land firefighter serving the community of El Dorado County. Clayton looks forward to a summer of off-road four wheeling.

El Dorado Trade School is a fully accredited charter school operated by the El Dorado County Office of Education. The program’s mission is to help students in grades 7-12 develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and in higher education. The program is designed to engage and challenge students with application-based learning, rather than relying on rote memory or seat-work. The curriculum, experiences, and projects challenge students to reason through ideas and form valuable, intelligent opinions as part of an inspired learning community.

An information/open enrollment night is planned for July 24 at 6 p.m. at the school, 6187 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado. For further information call 530-621-2569, 530-295-2259 or visit its Website at

Any local businessman or company needing “just graduated” trade school students for employment in their field listed here are encouraged to contact the El Dorado Trade School.

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