Jan. 22, 2014 — Construction science students at the Carter County Career and Technical Center are giving the miniature golf course at Carter Caves State Resort Park a welcome facelift.
Park Manager Chris Perry reached out to the school recently to ask if any students would be interested in constructing new obstacles for the course.
He was pleased with the positive response he received.
“Any time we can partner with a local organization, we want to do that,” said Perry. “It’s great to see young people take pride and have a sense of ownership in the park.”
The move also makes sound financial sense for the park. The only cost for the project is providing the materials. Students perform the labor as part of their regular school work.
Perry believes all of the new obstacles and beautification elements for the course will be completed by the end of the school year.
A miniature cabin that will serve as the course’s centerpiece attraction already has been completed.
Building these types of structures is surprisingly common for students at the Career and Technical Center, where the construction science curriculum focuses on real-world skills.
“We don’t do birdhouses or anything like that. We teach these kids skills they can use right away on the worksite once they graduate,” said Larry Dacci, who teaches at the school.
According to Dacci, students come out ready for professional certification and membership in trade unions, which can net them jobs starting anywhere from $18 to $20 per hour right away.
“There are fewer young people getting into skilled trades these days. These types of jobs are only going to be in higher demand in the future,” he added.
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