4-H Students Tour the Mason County Area Technology Center
On November 21st, 4-H students from Bracken, Mason and Lewis counties spent the afternoon at Mason County Area Technology Center to tour the programs and hear from students that attend the center.
Mr. McCloud, principal, posed the question, “To make over $100,000, do you have to have a four-year degree?” He shared ideas on the future workforce needs in the region.
Mr. McCloud shared that students need to reflect on what they want to do and where they want to live. Use your high school Individual Learning Plan as one piece of data to make a decision, but couple that with an experience in that field through job shadowing or a tour to see if you are really interested in that field. Mr. McCloud said, “When you think of the overall aspect of where you want to live and run statistics, many people do not want to leave this area, but have to leave the area to work. Those are decisions you will need to make in the upcoming years.”
The Mason County Area Technology Center provides five programs that can provide an avenue for exploration and stackable credentials. At the ATC, we have students that graduate from our programs that are making $100,000 a year through earning a credential and putting their skills to work.