Lee Co. high schoolers learning high demand trades

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Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 7:01 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Lee County High School and Metro Power are teaming up to bring students out of the classroom to put their skills to the test. They work in a hands-on environment with trained professionals getting to learn from and ask any questions they have.

Twenty students from Lee County High School went to Metro Power and went through multiple different construction stations. Ultimately, giving them an idea of what they can do after graduation.

Jadah King is a senior at Lee County High School.
Jadah King is a senior at Lee County High School.(WALB)

Senior Jadah King said this kind of work wasn’t always something she wanted to do.

“It was kind of an accident to get me into electrical. I thought I was going to get into architecture, but I found I really enjoyed electrical,” said King.

Being exposed to other types of work is what led her to find her passion.

Construction teacher John Wanner said his course and this career day are designed to show students opportunities.

“One thing that I learned early on is that students don’t know a lot of what is out there. We can talk to them, say there’s jobs, go to work, but until I put it in front of them, they’re not going to learn,” said Wanner.

John Wanner is the construction teacher at Lee County High School.
John Wanner is the construction teacher at Lee County High School.(WALB)

His class is focused on electrical but teaming up and bringing students to metro power shows them more options.

Learning trades like conduit bending, wiring, and troubleshooting plumbing and several others. All areas the Metro Power Branch Manager Andy Kennedy said there’s a huge need for.

“We look at this as an avenue to see if we can’t spark that interest in them. And let them start their path on trades,” said Kennedy.

Even though this type of work can be intimidating, King said to take the risk.

“For some people, I know that they’re a bit scared and intimidated because it’s mostly run with men. Not that many women are into it, but more women are getting into it and thank kind of persuaded me to go into it,” said King.

Although this is the first time they’re having this, they hope to make it an annual event.

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