The constant sound of whirring buzzsaws and the yellow boom box blaring “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy might be distracting for some, but ask any carpentry student at the Putnam Career and Technical Center and they’ll tell you their workshop is as much a classroom as those found in a traditional high school.
While the 5,000-square-foot workshop with cinder block walls, exposed air ducts and cement floors veneered with a thin layer of sawdust certainly doesn’t look like a classroom, Kevin Childers, the center’s carpentry instructor, said everything students do under his supervision has educational value.
“These are life skills they’re learning,” he said, adding that many of the students who come through the program aren’t interested in pursuing a traditional college degree and opt instead to attend a trade school or take on an apprenticeship after graduating.
The program accepts Putnam County juniors and seniors who spend half of each school day at the center, which also offers courses in electrical, plumbing and welding technology, restaurant management, various medical fields and information technology. Being able to attend the career center gives them the same opportunities as Advanced Placement students by letting them gain experience while still in high school.
During the course of their studies, students learn basic carpentry, which Childers said involves a lot of basic math.
“You can’t separate carpentry from math,” he said.
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