Cabell County students weld grills for state park

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Teenagers contribute to making our community a better place all the time and with Memorial Day coming up, one local school’s welding class is the main ingredient on how a local state park is now ready for a few barbeques. 

One by one, students in the welding class at Cabell County Career and Technology Center are stacking something they created from scratch. In total, 20 brand new, large, metal grills are being loaded up and they are headed to the campgrounds at Beech Fork State Park. 

Park offiicals were able to make an agreement with the welding class that saved them thousands of dollars. It’s taken the students months to complete, some of them even learning to weld for the first time. On Wednesday, the grills were off to meet their first barbeque. Better still is the complex knowledge these students are gaining from building something as simple as a grill. Knowledge their instructor, David Huff, guarantees will take them places. 

“Welding, it’s unbelievable right now. The students today, if they stay drug free and they have good attendance, have a lot more opportunity than I ever did when I graduated high school,” Huff said. “They can come out of this class with a state certification to go anywhere in the state and weld.” 

The park superintendent said there will definitely be more projects in the future. He also added when these students come visit the park they can see how they were able to contribute to making the park a better place. 

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