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November 17, 2017

Grainger High School students in Mike Watson’s construction class went on a field trip to Clayton Homes in Rutledge Thursday, October 26. 

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Construction students visit Clayton Homes 

Barbara Womack 
Grainger Today Correspondent 

RUTLEDGE – The construction class taught by Mike Watson at Grainger High School hosted an industry representative from Clayton Homes to inform the students regarding different aspects of the industry as it relates to Clayton Homes. 

Quality Assurance Manager Mike Headrick visited with students in their classroom Wednesday, October 25. 

The students followed up Thursday, October 26 with a field trip to Clayton conducted by Headrick, said Lisa Setsor, career and technical coordinator at GHS. She said he provided additional information to students and let them observe how some aspects of industry impact the production process at Clayton Homes.  

“This classroom visit and field trip also supports our L.E.A.P. grant initiatives by aligning labor and education in our community.  We are working to strengthen our partnership with local industry so that we can better prepare students for the jobs that are available in our county and in our region,” Setsor said.   

She said Watson, Headrick and others at Clayton will start a program where students in his construction classes actually prepare products that will be used in homes manufactured at Clayton.   

“Students will learn the importance of specifications, measurements and industry codes, and will use class time to construct items used in the industry. This will help us increase rigor and relevance for the students in the construction program,” she said. 

Watson expressed his appreciation for Headrick’s visit. 

“Mr. Hedrick’s visit to our class was very informative. His discussion included all aspects of industry at Clayton’s which relate to our class. Students were given an opportunity to ask questions about employment opportunities and skill requirements,” Watson said. 

“Our follow-up visit to Clayton’s gave students a real world experience. Students were allowed to see firsthand the process of building a Clayton home.” 

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