Students learn about jobs on the river, tour a towboat in Point Pleasant

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POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WOWK) – If the idea of working 21 days straight and then having 21 days off sounds good to you then maybe a career on the river is something to consider. 

Thursday, high school students learned about the unusual schedule and the hard work involved in a job working on a towboat. 

Riverworks Discovery puts on events that include a maritime job fair, towboat tours and mini deckhand training sessions all along the river. Students learn about the river itself, commerce and get an idea about the job requirements and the possible benefits of pursuing a job on the water. 

“A green or an inexperienced deckhand can come on here and make a $132.00 a day,” explained Alan Hall Vice President of Operations with Amherst Madison. “In seven or eight years he can be running one of these boats and making $150,000 a year.”

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