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Skilled Trades Day gives students hands-on view of career options


Courtesy of Arlington Public Schools

Courtesy of Arlington Public Schools Middle and high school students had a hands-on opportunity to experience career options during the first Skilled Trades Day in Arlington.

More than a dozen local businesses and organizations showed middle and high school students some different career options during the first Skilled Trades Day at Arlington High School on April 19. The businesses showed off equipment and products they use on a daily basis like a crane, hay harvester, front loader and semi-truck.

"When we reached out to local businesses to pitch the idea of the Skilled Trades Day, they were very supportive of the idea," said Amie Verellen-Grubbs, Arlington Public Schools' Director of Career Readiness and Innovative Programs. "It's great to have a community that's so supportive of our students and career and technical education."

There's a lot of demand for skilled trade jobs which is why many of the businesses gave up a day's work to attend the event.

"If they want a job where they can drive a big rig, they just need a commercial driver's license which takes six to eight weeks to obtain," said Jason Byle with Three Rivers Cutting. "I don't think a lot of students know these jobs are available and that they're jobs they can make a living at. There's a huge demand for these jobs as the workforce ages."

"We've found that industry jobs in agriculture really teach students a good work ethic," said Andrew Albert with Andrews Hay. "Even if they decide not to stay in the industry, it looks great on their resume."

"We know that not all students will attend a university and this event shows them that there are other career paths open to them that don't require a university degree and still provide a very good salary," said Verellen-Grubbs.


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