- Associated Press - Sunday, January 7, 2018

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) - Career technology students in Alabama are building classrooms for Honduras.

Several schools around the state are designing and remodeling donated cargo containers, The Dothan Eagle reported . They will be shipped to Honduras and transported to a school in a remote area for use as career tech classrooms.

Michelle Eller, director of secondary education for the Eufaula City Schools, said prefabricating the classrooms and shipping them would be easier than trying to build the classrooms on site. The project gives students in Eufaula some practical work experience while also raising their awareness of global issues and volunteerism.

“It opens their eyes to what they could do in their hometown,” she said.

Eller took part in the project after connecting with educator Brian Copes while visiting Honduras. Copes runs the Skilled Knowledgeable Youth, or SKY, program at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.

In Eufaula, engineering students are designing the classroom while agriculture students are building it.

SKY provides an in-school, after school and weekend program for middle and high school students, according to the school’s website. The program teaches students hands-on skills in a variety of industries, academic skills and job readiness-employability skills while completing projects.

SKY students along with students in high schools in Alabama are building different career tech classrooms in the containers.

Eller said the program is still looking for more students to participate in the project.

“I don’t care who jumps in with me,” she said.

The containers Eller’s group are using were purchased with funds donated by the Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Council.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com


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