Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Liberty Middle Gives STEM Students Intro To Trade-Skill Opportunities

Posted by John Peck in General

With the Toyota-Mazda plant coming amid the growing trend in "new-collar" jobs, area schools are already ramping up teaching courses that will help them in advanced manufacturing fields.
But what about the trade skills needed to build the assembly plant, workforce training facilities and homes for all the new residents?
James Clemens and Bob Jones students, led by their instructor Mr. Lanford, visited STEM classes at Liberty Middle to introduce trade skills. A similar demonstration was done previously for Discovery Middle.
The older students lead the middle school students in building their own snowman, showing them measurement calculations, tool know-how and other skills.
The demo is part of the goal by Madison City Schools to better orient students to career paths that are available to them. Such activities are simply a way to expose kids to class and future job options that interest them or hadn't thought about.
Industry partners talk often of the large skills gap in the construction field. This at a time when the field of construction is growing with new plants and businesses opening all over North Alabama.
Each student gets to keep the wooden snowman they built with the high school students.
Students around table using hammers to build a wood snowman.

Students arond table buildinga wooden snowman.

Students building a wooden snowman on a table.
Students building wooden snowman on a table.

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