At Lebanon High School, students are offered a variety of classes to help them develop skills for after graduation that suit their interests.
The Building Trades class does both of those things.
Trades is a class that allows students to take their interests and use them hands on, rather than sitting at a desk.
Students are at the building site for half a day, every other day. They start construction in August, and the finished product is a home put up for sale for someone in the community.
Senior Jay Bowman enjoys the hands on aspect of the class.
“My favorite part of trades is being able to do stuff hands on, and for half the school day rather than just in the classroom,” said Bowman.
Senior Brandon Woodruff agrees with the hands on experience you get.
“You learn about the complex aspects of construction, it sets you up for a career if you do not plan on going to college after high school,” said Woodruff.
For students not attending college after high school Trades is a great way to gain experience. Many jobs will look for prior experience, and trades will give students all the skills needed for construction and even future jobs.
The teacher is Ken Acton and he is always on-site, but he is only a supervisor, the students are the ones who do the work. They turn to Acton with any questions that may pop up.
Some of the kids took Intro to Construction prior to trades so they would have the knowledge for the house build. Kids who take Trades often see themselves in construction after high school.
“Everyday in trades is different, and after high school I want to be a construction supervisor,”said Bowman.
Even if you do not plan to do construction, Trades will still help you develop skills for the future in whatever career you pursue.
“I do not plan on construction, but it [Trades] gave me the skills that if I wanted to, I could. It got me used to working with my hands,” said Woodruff.
Trades is a great opportunity for students that will build them the skills they need for their future, if they attend college after high school or go straight into the workforce.
Photo courtesy: Dylan Flynn