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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Middle and High school students from Terrell, Lee, and Dougherty Counties were turned into masons, carpenters, and welders as they got a taste of construction careers.

Students got a chance to feel what it's like to work with heavy equipment or build a brick wall at Albany Technical College's Carlton Construction Academy. The event was geared toward eighth through twelfth graders interested in pursuing a career in the construction and energy fields. College officials say students are making career choices earlier in life.

"We're finding that students that students start deciding by the eighth grade what kind of career they want to go into. They might not know what exactly, but they begin to form the idea that will determine their decision once they finish high school," said Wayne Barnette, Albany Technical College Carpentry Instructor.

Thursday students got a chance to explore seven areas of construction including masonry, electrical, carpentry, welding, HVAC, Heavy equipment, and General Contracting.


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