Lincoln County High School students will learn new skills and work with modern technology after a steel company donated $80,000 worth of equipment. Darrin Simms never saw it coming.
"I don't know if I can put it into words, I mean they are giving us roughly $80,000 worth of stuff here," Simms said.
Simms is a Career and Technical Education teacher (CTE) at Lincoln County High School. He works hands-on with students focusing on a variety of skills, such as heating and air conditioning, electrical wiring, and plumbing. After Nippon Steel closed their manufacturing plant in Fayetteville in July and moved operations back to Japan, the company donated some equipment to the school.
"This is a little more advanced than what we've had over the last couple of years," Simms said. "It's going to help us with more advanced training."
One of the biggest donations is a steel and aluminum mill worth approximately $40,000 dollars and is something students can expect to see in the modern workforce.
"Our machines are probably, I'd say, 30 years-old," Reese McDow, a senior at Lincoln County High School, said. "My dad worked on them and he is 40."
McDow is heavily involved in tech courses at the school. He says working with new equipment will help students be prepared for the real world.
"We aren't just going to go in there and take training classes and spend hundreds of dollars just trying to get training," McDow said. "We already know we can just jump in and go."
Nippon Steel may be gone, but they will have a lasting impact on these students.
"There legacy will kind of go on forever, because they've donated this stuff and for years to come there will be more students that can learn more from these benefits," Simms said.
Nippon Steel also donated equipment to Motlow State Community College in Fayetteville.