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New public school opens in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery Public Schools opened a new school this year. But it's not like the others.

This one focuses on technical education which includes subjects like welding and carpentry.

It's an effort to keep kids engaged in school and to help decrease the drop-out rate.

There's no denying it--Alabama has become a hotbed for technical jobs.

With Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, Mercedes, and Thyssenkrupp to name a few, Joshua Howard believes it makes sense for public school systems to offer technical education courses.

"I wasn't looking forward to going to the universities or anything. And I like working with my hands. So if they like working with their hands this a great idea to start at."

Howard didn't have that chance in 9th grade. Now, Montgomery public high school students do at MTEC--a technical high school operating in the old McIntyre Middle School building.

"Say if they want to work on cars or whatever...still pursue a career," adds Howard.

Students will do classroom work at the school and hands-on training at Trenholm State Technical College two days a week.

At the end of four years, they could have college credit.

"Instead of going to school for two years after high school, then they'll only possibly go one year," says Wilford Holt with Trenholm Tech.

With an emphasis on technical jobs, students already in college say it makes sense to start as early as you can.

"It gives you an advantage. It gives you a head start," adds Howard.

Trenholm State administrators say more than 85% of their graduates get jobs. Some students get them before they finish!

Even state officials say manufacturers are looking for younger workers.

Facts that could work in students' favor as technical education becomes more accessible.

MPS officials say there are roughly 300 students enrolled at MTEC this year.

Trenholm State administrators tell us the school system will hire their own instructors and pay the college to use its facilities.

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