‘It’s something new every day’: Trade students get hands-on training in New Castle

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Wednesday is National Skilled Trades Day. The idea is to educate people on the importance of learning a trade.

Chloe Linkenheimer saw a bright future in the welding field. After working around the industry, she knew she wanted to learn more.

“It looked like something I could take anywhere I went. It was a new skill,” she said.

Almost five months into the program, she’s already excited for her future.

“It’s great training, constant learning, it’s something new every day. I love it,” Linkenheimer said.

Olivia Whitmer is in the automative technology program. She likes the structure of classes.

“I’ve always worked better hands-on rather than reading from a book,” she said.

The day starts with a lecture but then it’s all hands-on learning, giving students real-life experience.

“It’s the same thing we will be doing in the shop once we are out in the field,” Whitmer said.

She’s ready to learn everything she can before finding a job.

“You can come here for a year and learn everything you are going to need to know to start out entry-level,” she said. “You don’t have to go through four, five years of school, you get the same amount of learning in less time so you can go out and start your life.”

New Castle School of Trades works with local employers to find students a job. Today, the school is at 80% job placement with all of its students.

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