Students in the Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) program at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) recently worked on a community service project with Cumberland River Behavioral Health to construct a Food Donation Box. Mr. Gary Karr, IMT Program Coordinator, explained that students utilized re-purposed lumber from the construction lab to design, build, and paint the box, making it durable to hold significant donations. Mrs. Bridgette Ham, Cumberland River Behavioral Health, remarked that she was excited and pleased to partner with the CFI on this project. “Food insecurity is a major issue for many of our clients, and we wanted to help them during times of challenge with access to foods,” added Ham.
Students learn electrical, construction, automation, and welding fabrication skills in the IMT program. They can also earn national certification as an electrical technician and OSHA safety certification. “We are exceedingly proud of the students and their work in the labs and developing their career potential,” remarked Dr. James M. Davis, Principal. Dr. Davis explained that industrial students that have completed the program are now working in high-wage, high-demand careers in advanced manufacturing and the industrial trades all across the region.