AUGUSTA – The 17th Annual Craft Championship is bringing handy students to the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine, to display their talents with power tools.
Students throughout the state are lifting up their tools to show that you do not need a college degree to be successful
“Our industry gives opportunity for people to be very successful, both financially and personally and (to) really be professionals,” said Jonathan Sacks, a power and energy training manager.
College is not for everybody. Students are learning really quickly that knowing how to use a simple tool, can land them with a great career opportunity.
“Some of them have some college, many of them don’t,” said Sacks, “That’s one of the message that we need to get to these kids, that there are many ways to be very successful.”
Students were able receive hands-on training with over 30 construction activities.
“What we realize (is) it needs to be interactive,” he said.
Over a thousand students got their hands dirty and some are now thinking about entering the alternative career field.
“I just don’t like sitting inside,” said CJ Ingraham, a student, “I like being outdoors, interacting and working. It’s a big thing for me.”
“I was with my JMG program and I wanted to check it out and I really like it,” said Lydiah Madore, a student, “I was able to build a birdhouse and toolbox.