WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The students in the Child Care Teacher (CCT) class at Wausau West High School are the educators of the future.
In the class, they learn to put together a curriculum and make educational tools that will help their future students learn better.
When Jessica Hackbarth found out this class was offered she jumped at the chance to take it.
Hackbarth says, "I've wanted to be a teacher since I was three years old. So, once I found out I had the opportunity to take a class where I could get child care certified, I took the opportunity because it's really important to get a head start on that."
These students definitely have a head start. Once CCT is completed, they're certified as a head teacher in any child care program like a day care.
"It's kind of cool knowing we can get a job right away out of high school." Says Kelsey Landrith, "It will be nice for college, hopefully get a job right away and help pay for it."
But it's about more than just getting a job after high school. Right now, the students aid teachers at schools across the district. They take what they're learning in the classroom and apply it in other classrooms. It's students teaching students.
CCT teacher Deb Schweickhart says the student's passion for education will make a difference.
"We set the stage for the chefs, we set the stage for the doctors. Every teacher taught us how to read. Every teacher had to take that time to teach us."
And while Schweickhart says she can teach her students how to put together a lesson plan, teaching how to be a teacher can't be done.
"They just have it in their hearts and they do it."
And that's why the students in the Child Care Teacher program at Wausau West are class of the week.