Learning by doing

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January 30, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Gage Turner, a junior at Iola High School, is training under maintenance supervisor Chris Scheibmeir at Precision International. Turner is the first IHS student to take part in a new work-based learning program, made possible by a $37,500 federal grant renewable for three years. The program brings students into local industries to learn trade skills, and benefits those companies by training students for specialized, in-demand jobs. Photo by Vickie Moss

Gage Turner flips his welding helmet down over his face and strikes an arc on his tig welder. His job is to weld a thin layer of metal inside a series of pipes at Precision International, an Iola company that manufactures parts and equipment for the oil field industry.

But Turner is no ordinary employee.

For starters, he’s just 17 and a junior at Iola High School.

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