CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - Students at one trade school spent Wednesday at a Camilla business helping clean the debris left over from last year's storms.
On Wednesday, at Rockin Stables, students, employees and volunteers from Turner Job Corps were out helping to pick up the pieces left by last January's devastating storms.
One of those students, Deavonte Carter, said this was a great way for them to get some hands-on experience.
"It teaches us diligence of course. Nothing teaches you better how to manage what you want to do then coming on a job site for real when you have to not only communicate with your teammates but other people. It just teaches you more sociability, how to be more manageable, patient," Carter.
This project allows the students to help the community while getting relevant job experience. For Rockin Stables Owner Cecilia Navarro, she's just happy to see the help.
"Oh my gosh, I'm thrilled," said Navarro. "Because Georgia woods are so thick that it is hard to cut trails through your woods and stuff."
Navarro is a local business owner who often uses the trails to take parties on horseback.
But when the storms hit, it shortened the trails and limited the amount of passable areas.
"We found out through the storms from last year, damage to property. And Rockin Stables has over 50 acres and was only utilizing 20. So, with the project so big and all the equipment and manpower that goes into it, Job Corps was able to offer the manpower needed to help get Rockin Stables back up and running at full capacity," explained Business Community Liaison Melvin Drake.
Turner Job Corps officials know how important these trails are to people like Navarro and the community because they have been through it a couple of times themselves.
"For about a year or two we came out here and I brought some of my students out here to ride horses. I was talking to Ms. Cecilia and she said after the tornadoes and hurricane come through, it messed up her trails quite a bit. She said that's something we would be interested in doing and I said, 'yeah,'" Advanced Instructor Courtney Turner.
Turner was an advanced student herself when she first started with Turner Job Corps and is now passing her knowledge on to the students. She hopes the advanced students get a lot out of the training.
"Hopefully in return, we might do a little horseback riding," said Turner.
The job will probably take up to two weeks to complete but the students said they will stay out as long as they need to until it's finished.