Students from the Calhoun County Career Academy are preparing to enter into a state competition for their technical skills with hopes of making it to the national level. More than 30 high school students throughout Calhoun County are currently participating in an automotive class at the county career tech academy. During this daily two hour class, students are taught how to repair vehicles, in addition to other lifelong skills.
One of those life skills relate to keeping the environment in which they work in, clean. This year, the students voted to compete at SkillsUSA in the area of community service. Since last fall, students have teamed together to beautify the wetland off Church Street in the City of Jacksonville in addition to writing a 30 page book that describes in detail, how they managed the upkeep.
The students sold nearly 3,200 items during a fundraiser in order to raise money to purchase supplies needed to maintain the upkeep of the wetland. During their time improving the area, they also learned about different birds, frogs, fish, and other animals within the area.
If they win the state competition in Birmingham beginning April 14th, the students will head to nationals in Saint Louis, Missouri during the month of June.