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By Marc Lutz 

Shop class teaches students how to build a better future


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

A student welds a project during a fabrication shop at the high school on Feb. 23.

The high-pitched grinding of metal on metal, the whirr of saw blades ripping through cedar, the crackle of a welding arc on aluminum are all sounds of building in progress and a brighter future for Wrangell's students.

Fabrication classes, whether woodworking, metalworking or welding, give kids an alternative avenue when it comes to life beyond high school, bucking the traditional pathway of enrolling in college.

According to Alaska Department of Labor, construction managers earn an average of $50 an hour, electricians $35 an hour and welders an average of $29 to $34 an hour. A 2019 New York T...

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