Lots of high school students have after-school jobs. But not that many are manufacturing airplane parts after class.
Students at one Arizona high school, however, are getting paid to craft oil assembly pieces for passenger jets. Hired by a local manufacturer in need of skilled workers, the teens have been certified by a national manufacturing association and work in their Desert View High School lab after class and during the summer.
"Instead of students trying to find any entry level job, [they have] a career pathway they can build on," said Kathy Prather, director of career and technical education at Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon. "It's life changing because they see that pathway."
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