Construction and Welding Students Team Up

By Kaye Dorroh

Student Services Coordinator
Bottle trees, wreath hangers, picnic tables, deer stands, hunting houses, bluebird houses/feeders, firewood racks, Adirondack chairs and tables…these are the many ongoing projects made by the students in the Welding and Construction programs at the Grenada Career and Technical Center (GCTC). Creating these items allows the students to be actively involved in a teamwork environment that builds the competencies, skills, and abilities needed for today’s workforce.

Students enjoy being part of the creative learning process while making something practical and well-designed.
With the support of Welding Instructor Mr. Philip McCarter, and Construction Instructor Mr. Fred Taylor, students are actively involved in designing, planning, and constructing projects. They work in teams to brainstorm for ideas, design the blueprints, and build the projects using lumber, metal, or both. The students are learning valuable trade skills, as well as communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
At the Career and Tech Center, teachers work as a team to help students master the program objectives. “At the present time, both of our programs are working together to build shooting houses for deer hunters using the skills learned in the curriculum. Welding students use their skills to build the frames and construction students cut the lumber. The money made from these projects helps to fund building materials and competition expenses,” expressed
Mr. Taylor.

According to Mr. McCarter, “The students are eager to learn in the classroom and to incorporate those skills in the shop. They have repaired trailer tongues/hitches, grill grates, loading ramps, and benches. I delight in knowing that many will enter the trade as a profession and will carry these valuable skills with them throughout life.” Whether the students produce something practical or creative using these delicate welding and precision wood cutting techniques, they are learning valuable life-long skills in these programs. Welding