TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Few students were as happy as Andrew Christian when Tuscaloosa County High School held an open house to celebrate a successful first year for its new Career Tech Annex Building.
The logo on his shirt means a lot to him.
"Tuscaloosa County School System welding is the best thing I ever did. I'll do it again next year. I've learned so much in one year," the freshman told WBRC.
Monday, dozens of adults and even more students saw what the facility has to offer.
"It lets me interact with different things that shows what I can do and what I like," Mike Sellers, a student from Sipsey Valley High School explained.
The $4 million facility offers training in welding, automotive, modern manufacturing and other trades.
It also partnered with area businesses to ensure kids are learning what employers want from employees.
"Not only do you see these guys like Mercedes, Nucor, ZF, McAbee, all the different companies are included. Not only are they supplying the program with materials, but they are actually developing the curriculum for these classes," Donny Jones, Executive Director of West Alabama Works, added.
"It really just helps you develop as a person and it helps you not just on the hands-on side, but the social side," Sellers continued.
The Career program at County High is open to students from all Tuscaloosa County High Schools.