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Lebanon High School prepares students for trade jobs

Welding teacher Bob Tatum said kids come into his class eager to learn and leave with important skills.

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 8:24 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- Students at Lebanon High School can take a number of classes to learn about trade jobs. And although they're not getting paid, one teacher says kids are learning valuable life skills every time they walk into class.

Welding teacher Bob Tatum said kids come into his class eager to learn and leave with important skills.

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He said businesses all over the area are begging for new hires and his class can help give students a competitive edge after they graduate.

"A lot of manufacturers in the area are just dying for skilled workers and welders so to the point where the right person comes along, they bring them in at an entry level, and if they look like they're the right candidate, they'll train them. They'll even pay their way through Linn-Benton (Community College)," said Tatum.

Multiple kids in his class have decided to pursue careers that involve welding after high school.

Tatum said that starting wages -- depending on where you work -- can range anywhere from $14 to $20, but he also said the ladder to move up is limitless.

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