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By David Knopf/Richmond News
The Excelsior Springs Area Career Center, which draws students from Orrick, Polo and five other school districts, teaches real-world, employable skills.
Around 60 students in the school’s building trades, electrical and heating-air conditioning classes have experienced it first hand in Wood Heights since school began in September.
As the new Wood Heights Fire Protection District building has taken shape, the majority of work – framing the walls, setting roof trusses, building entranceways and installing electrical boxes – has been done by student labor.
As part of the career program, the students spend half a day in the classroom and the other half in the field, learning marketable skills.
“Wood Heights Fire Chief Lee O’Dell contacted the school, probably in February of 2012, and said this was a project they wanted to do and asked if we’d like to be involved,” said Building Trades Instructor Randall Barnes, one of three teachers supervising the project.
“We thought this would be a good project for our students,” Barnes said.
In addition to the Ray County-area districts, the career center draws students from Lawson, Lathrop, Kearney and Liberty.