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Reagan Ali, left, class 6, and Janelle Shabdue, class 9, participate in a woodworking class Wednesday during the Career and Technical Education (CTE) camp at John Marshall High School.

CYCLING — School just ended. It’s one of the hottest days of the year, and some Marshall County high school students have decided to learn to weld — or maybe make pepperoni rolls.

John Marshall High School is hosting its annual careers and technical education (CTE) camp for Marshall County students in grades 6 through 9 this week.

The program began Wednesday and ends today at JMHS.

Teachers at JMHS and in some cases Cameron High School supervise classes.

There are also some high school students to help the younger students.

A total of 160 students have registered for the camp, which offers a two-day teaching program in their areas of specialization.

Students attend classes in their first choice of concentration in the morning and classes in their second choice of concentration in the afternoon.

The learning opportunities available begin with training in welding, automotive engineering, and collision repair engineering.

For the enterprising students, there are courses in accounting, broadcasting, business principles, computer repair, computer science, and network and marketing management.

Other students who want to do crafts or crafts engage in carpentry, drawing, machine tool technology, and home mechanics.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about animal science, medical and therapeutic services, cooking and crafts, and educational careers.

In addition, members of the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department are on hand to teach students interested in firefighting and EMS techniques.

“The kids can shoot the hoses and climb the ladder,” explains Melanie Knutsen, careers advisor at JMHS. “You can also see them demonstrating the jaws of life.”

But welding is the most popular of the concentrations, closely followed by carpentry and computer courses, she said.

Students in the cooking and handicraft class baked pepperoni rolls on Wednesday morning. The course includes teaching many domestic skills, and students can even change diapers on electronic babies, Knutsen said.

“That’s a really good reach for our CTE program,” she continued. “Many people don’t realize how diverse our programs are.”

Knutsen adds that about 250 students have graduated from JMHS this year, and about 150 of them have completed a CTE program.

Many will immediately switch to field work – for example welding or in the car workshop. Others who focus on business, education or medical fields are likely to go to college to pursue those careers, she said.

“This camp gives them a chance to see if they want to take those classes in high school — or maybe even pursue a career after graduation,” added Bob Wilson, Marshall County CTE director.

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