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ROANOKE - Roanoke-Benson High School will begin to address the job needs of local companies while providing a new educational niche for students who are not seeking college degrees with an expanded welding program next year. At the Dec. 20 District 60 school board meeting, Principal Mike Tresnak reviewed changes in the course catalog and noted a recent visit to Parsons Manufacturing, located four miles west of town, which has some jobs available in that vocation for students who want to pursue skilled trades training rather a college diploma.

According to Tresnak, there is a local need for employees with basic welding skills and computer skills related to the manufacturing arena that require less classroom education and more on-the-job work. At least two local companies have expressed the need for employees with welding skills. To that end, welding classes will be added and more skilled trades may be addressed in the future.

“I’m going to be pushing hard on this,” he said. “I’m passionate about meeting the needs of the kids whose needs we are not meeting now.”

He added on-the-job training and internships are other possible options.

See article on Jan. 3 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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