OPS students get hands on training

Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 9:14 PM CDT
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OPS students received hands-on training in the operation of a backhoe from a pro, as part of a program to introduce them to trade jobs.

The event was part of the "Architecture, Construction and Engineering" mentoring program or ACE for short.

ACE pairs up students with working professionals in a range of trades, showing the students that not everyone needs to pursue a four-year degree.

"There are tremendous opportunities for jobs in the trades they are good jobs they're well-paying jobs with benefits and they fit a lot of young people," said Mike McMeekin with the program.

The ACE program mentors about 100 students from 8 area high schools. There are about 3 students to each mentor.