The very nature of career & technical education indicates the need for a policy in relation to student dress. This is justifiable because of safety factors, as well as the desire to develop status in one’s chosen career. It is understood that the nature of the work in some programs is extremely dirty and in others hazardous; therefore, it is imperative that students have special clothes to change into when working. Student dress and cleanliness should be an integral part of the total educational program. Proper attire by all students will create pride in one’s school, as well as giving the visitors a favorable impression. Many of these visitors will be future employers of our students; and first impressions are lasting.
All NEWTech programs required students to purchase /wear a uniform similar to that worn in business and industry. In general, students are to dress as required by the standards of their field, safety considerations, and the specific work place situation. All students in programs requiring uniforms must have their uniform and work shoes by the beginning of the second full week of school.
Uniform standards are as follows:
- All uniforms must be neat and clean; no loose or torn clothing.
- Shirts must be tucked in; and pants pulled up to the waist.
- Shoes appropriate to the program (laces secured).
If you have been placed into your second program choice and added to the waitlist for your first program choice, please do not purchase your program uniform until after Sept. 6.
On-the-job safety is a vital part of all occupations and is a part of each program at NEWTech. Everyone is expected to demonstrate safe work habits. Safety violations are subject to strict discipline, including possible dismissal from a program. The following safety regulations, adopted from industry standards found on the job, are to be observed at all times:
- Safety Rules: Students are expected to know, understand and follow safety rules as well as maintain an orderly and clean work area. Individual program safety rules are posted and must be followed.
- Personal Protective Equipment: Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE," is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries.
- Safety Glasses: If a student is involved in a program of a hazardous nature Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act of 1973 (WISHA code) clearly states individuals must wear appropriate industry-quality eye protective devices as designated. Students in the following programs must purchase/wear safety glasses: Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Welding Technology.
- Work Boots: Students in the following programs must purchase/wear work boots, preferably black/steel toe: Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Welding Technology.
- Work Pants: Students in the following programs must wear Work pants (un-frayed cotton jeans or black Dickies-type pants are recommended): Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Welding Technology.