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Opportunity: Expanded career training is good call for students

Students know the right education and training can launch them into a career they love — and one that pays the bills. But most students don’t have the chance to start thinking about those possibilities until the 11th or 12th grades. In Wood County, those opportunities will soon be offered to freshmen and sophomores as well.

Good. The sooner young people can start learning how to do work they love — and, just as importantly, what might not be for them — the better. And, the sooner they can start that training, with the potential for earning a semester’s worth of college credits in the process, the better.

“Most of our program teachers are wanting to expand that to sophomores, and even freshmen,” said Director of Career Technical and Adult Education in Wood County Jason Hughes.

We’re talking programs such as emergency fire and management, electrical technologies, pre-engineering drafting, computer science and networking, accounting/career and work skills, agricultural sciences, auto technology, carpentry, collision repair, law and public safety, Pro Start restaurant management, therapeutic services, welding, practical nursing and adult basic education. There is also a pre-cosmetology program in the works.

Wood County Schools is on the right track in understanding education is meant to prepare students for what’s next, and giving them plenty of pathways for getting there. We are looking forward to seeing what it will mean for our communities as those students take that training and run with it.

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