Livingston school has one-of-a-kind class
LIVINGSTON - There's a one-of-a-kind class in a Livingston Parish school that has students landing jobs right after graduation.
Doyle High School in the town of Livingston offers a sheet metal class to get students ready for the real world. The students draw up designs on paper and then bring them to life using sheet metal. It's the only program of its kind in the nation.
"It makes you feel accomplished that you can do something in life that makes you better as a person that you can build something that other people may use," said student Spenser Johnson.
"It's wonderful. It's a great experience especially if you like building stuff with your hands and working with your hands," said student Garrett Hoyt. "It's definitely something that you'll enjoy."
Class instructor Kenneth Mix says there's a huge need for skilled workers in Louisiana. The students earn credit toward apprenticeship training in the sheet metal field.
"This is huge for those kids who don't have that plan to go to college, because it offers them career training and also job placement upon graduating high school," said Mix. "So right at 18 they can go out and earn a very competitive wage."
Mix says the students will have a job waiting for them after graduation where they could earn around $14 an hour starting out.
"It's a great head start," said Hoyt. "It puts you where you need to be coming out of high school instead of looking for a job like most people. You have one the day you step out making pretty good money."
"It puts a lot less stress on my life and my family's lives, because I don't have to worry about getting a job and getting money for college or getting all of this stuff ready for my career in my life," said Johnson.
In the past three years, 15 students from the class have landed jobs working with sheet metal right out of school. The class at Doyle High has doubled in size over the past two years. There's now a waiting list to join.