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Trade skills class aims to get high schoolers excited for the future

When a student completes the course, it will also count for four credits at Lane Community College.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 4:58 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 5:02 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane Education Service District has created a course to help high school students across Lane County learn about the trades.

The class is called trade skills fundamentals and will be taught by 13 teachers from Siuslaw to Oakridge.

In the class, students will be introduced to most of the labor trades such as plumbing, construction and electrical work.

It touches on basic Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved safety measures, math, basic power tools, blueprint reading, rigging and other skills students will need if they decide to enter a trade.

Instructors hope it gets students excited about their futures.

"I think it's going to open the door," said Lee Kounovsky, an instructor of the course. "Why do we always wait till their senior year -- the last six weeks of their senior year -- and go, 'What do you want to do?' Let's start this earlier on. It'll get kids excited about high school. It will make them want to attend high school when they know there's an outcome. They know, 'There's a job waiting for me out there.'"

When a student completes the course, it will count for four credits at Lane Community College.

This class was previously taught at LCC but is moving into the high schools.

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