SEVERE WX : Flash Flood Watch View Alerts

Skilled to Work: Huntsville high schoolers commit to filling gaps in the job market

On Thursday, almost 200 students signed letters of intent to continue their career paths after graduation.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 2:27 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 3:58 PM

Huntsville City School students enrolled in a career education program are striving for a high-skilled, high-wage job.

On Thursday, almost 200 students signed letters of intent to continue their career paths after graduation.

For some like Tiffany Dinh, cyber security is the path.

“When I’m going to the work force I’m intentionally trying to do cyber security in the future,” she said.

For others, the goal is construction.

“But there are a lot of other options out there other than sitting at a computer all day,” said Jaime Angel, Huntsville High School senior.
Angel plans on attending Calhoun Community College for two years and then getting his hands dirty in construction.

North Alabama employers are constantly looking for those workers.

“The average age of a skilled tradesman is 59... and for every one of those that retires, like every four that walks out, there's only one coming back in to take their place,” said Wade Thompson of Associated Builders and Contractors.

After signing their letters of intent, students walked out to a job fair where they could find future employment.

Angel knows his strengths as he spent seven years in Mexico watching his dad work in construction.

He says the hands-on approach of learning is best for him.

“Stuff that I can learn in construction will be on the job site,” he said. “It’s not going to be a computer or textbooks.”

Huntsville
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Florence
Few Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Fayetteville
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Scottsboro
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 38442

Reported Deaths: 947
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4210140
Montgomery378894
Mobile3634134
Tuscaloosa196436
Marshall14959
Lee116737
Shelby105623
Madison10216
Morgan9553
Franklin84313
Walker84317
Dallas8088
Elmore80614
Baldwin6639
Etowah60613
Butler60427
Chambers57627
DeKalb5765
Tallapoosa56069
Autauga53011
Unassigned50924
Russell4690
Lowndes45719
Houston4244
Lauderdale4105
Limestone4030
Cullman3983
Pike3965
Colbert3635
Bullock3609
Coffee3522
Barbour3221
Covington3086
St. Clair2922
Hale28520
Wilcox2788
Marengo27711
Sumter27512
Calhoun2685
Clarke2645
Escambia2586
Talladega2576
Dale2410
Winston2293
Jackson2102
Chilton2062
Blount2041
Pickens2046
Marion20012
Monroe1942
Choctaw19112
Conecuh1786
Randolph1699
Bibb1671
Macon1668
Greene1647
Perry1350
Henry1293
Crenshaw1223
Lawrence1000
Washington987
Cherokee717
Lamar711
Fayette661
Geneva630
Coosa551
Clay532
Cleburne291
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 43509

Reported Deaths: 604
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby10028192
Davidson9237113
Rutherford252834
Hamilton246630
Trousdale14855
Sumner141752
Williamson101314
Knox9675
Out of TN9527
Putnam7837
Wilson77917
Robertson77611
Lake6900
Bledsoe6171
Sevier6083
Tipton6074
Bradley5503
Bedford5135
Montgomery4797
Macon3943
Unassigned3690
Hardeman2991
Maury2873
Fayette2732
Rhea2690
Loudon2611
Madison2472
Hamblen2204
Dyer2141
McMinn21017
Cheatham2021
Dickson1750
Blount1733
Cumberland1683
Monroe1324
Washington1310
Lawrence1245
Lauderdale1192
Coffee1080
Anderson1022
Jefferson1020
Gibson1001
Obion942
Hardin935
Smith901
Sullivan892
Greene852
Wayne770
Franklin753
Haywood712
Marshall711
Hickman700
Marion644
White633
Warren620
Weakley601
Cocke580
Grundy581
McNairy580
Lincoln560
Overton560
Carter541
Unicoi540
DeKalb520
Hawkins512
Giles501
Roane440
Henry420
Polk410
Carroll391
Campbell361
Johnson360
Grainger350
Henderson320
Meigs320
Crockett313
Perry310
Cannon270
Jackson260
Claiborne250
Morgan241
Sequatchie240
Chester230
Humphreys221
Decatur210
Stewart210
Fentress170
Clay160
Scott140
Benton121
Houston120
Union120
Moore70
Van Buren70
Lewis60
Pickett60
Hancock30

 

 

Community Events