Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Representatives of local industries met with school officials and instructors Thursday, October 19 to celebrate LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) Days and recognize contributors to the program.
Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin and School Board Vice Chairman Karen McNish presented certificates to Norris and Clayton Homes for their participation in the summer intern program at Grainger High School. Dalton Hydraulics was also recognized for its part in the intern program, but did not have a representative present.
Jarnagin thanked the industries and reiterated the value of the local industries for the success of the county.
“Welcoming the students into the work environment has been beneficial and will pay large dividends for years to come for the student and the CTE programs. The industry partners are needed and appreciated,” Jarnagin said.
He also thanked Lisa Setsor, CTE Supervisor, Tara Collins, Work Based Learning leader and Chris Edmonds, Regional Director for the LEAP Grant
Charlie Hemphill shared with school leaders that he was encouraged by the quality of students the school system is preparing and how impressed he was with the intern that worked at Norris, Ayden Lima.
Hemphill explained how Norris benefited from the work that Ayden did, which included designing a new floor plan.
He said Norris has sold seven homes using Ayden’s design.
Hemphill elaborated on Ayden’s work in a message to Setsor following the program.
“The house that Ayden designed (the Independence) was 1,792 square feet,” he said. “He worked very hard during his internship to really put some great details in the home such as arch doorways and a nice entry foyer.
“The room sizes were very well balanced for great space. He added a very nice upgrade bath with a free standing tub. The exterior was a mixture of textures that are so popular today with vinyl siding and Hardie painted siding with a board and batton look to create accent at the Dormer areas and the front door recess entry.”
Setsor said company representatives met with CTE teachers from Grainger and Washburn high schools to discuss plans for expanding the intern program. Plans were developed that would include using students in construction classrooms at Clayton’s in Rutledge.
Chris Edmonds, project director for the L.E.A.P. grant and Setsor shared updates with the group.
“During last school year, 32 students earned dual enrollment credit with Tennessee College of Applied Technology through their Industrial Electricity courses at Grainger and Washburn high schools and 101 seniors that graduated in May earned the Work Ethic Diploma Distinction,” Setsor said.