Early County High School wins national trade school competition

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BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — Early County High School revealed their new automotive shop after winning the 2020 Channellock Trade School Trade-Up Competition on Wednesday morning,

“We actually had to submit a video that students actually had to put together that kinda profiled our area, it talked about our automotive department talked about some of our strengths as well as some of our weaknesses,” CTAE Director Dr. Shanice Richardson said. “We are in a rural community and we are in a high poverty area.”

Early County received a $5,000 dollar check, thousands of dollars of tools from the infamous manufacturer, and a freshly painted garage.

“It’s just like an athlete getting recruited and when they are recruited they wanna see the facility. This just gonna make our program better because who don’t wanna work in this shop this nice,” said Kerry Morris, the automotive technology teacher at Early County High School. “We’re gonna have it air-conditioned before long it’s gonna be nice and the kids are gonna have a great time playing in this thing.”

Morris said he teaches five classes consisting of about 30 students and one of the projects they are most proud of is reviving the life of a 1972 Chevy truck. He says the school as well as the community take pride in getting students ready for the workforce.

“We send kids to John Deere. We send kids to Lincoln, and all over the country and it’s very vital right now and it’s just getting more popular,” Morris said.

Morris said his students also do work in the community by working on the elderly’s vehicles if they can’t afford it.

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