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Students at Istrouma High get hands-on experience creating products

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BATON ROUGE - A teacher at Istrouma High School is taking a different approach to learning.

Instead of burying their heads in books, the students are getting hands-on experience by learning to create their very own product: candles. It's all apart of their process technology class.

"These candles are really made to a grade level that can be sold, and we are planning on selling them," said Claude Booker, the class professor.

Booker, a former Exxon Mobil worker, says the class is about real-life experiences in the industrial and economic fields—two industries that make big bucks.

"This is something on a high school level that we need, our kids need the exposure and the experience to money-making industries,” said Booker.

Sophomore Tyger Johnson is an aspiring engineer, and says the class is an eye opener into the world of engineering.

"I get real-world experience, and it's opening up more doors for me," said Johnson. "It's giving me a hands-on experience of different types of engineering parts like technology," said Johnson.

The school plans to sell the candles for Valentine's Day.

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