Panama City, FL –
JACKSON COUNTY, FL (WMBB) – After Hurricane Michael, Jackson County suffered extensive damage.
There was a lot to fix, but not enough people to fix it. It was then that the building construction program began.
“Our local community saw a need and they reached out to different funding sources, career source being one of them, and they said, ‘hey, we need people trained in the trades so that we can be self-sufficient, ”said David Castleberry, Building Director of the Construction Program.
The group started with $ 450,000.
Their first investments were to buy materials, tools and programs to teach students like Nathan Ziglar.
“Hands-on learning is the best thing for everyone,” said Ziglar, a student at Marianna High School.
Ziglar said he was not very confident in his skills before joining this program.
“It was really scary at first. I was working with power tools that I had never seen or touched before, ”Ziglar said.
After completing several projects with the band, he said his business skills were at the top.
“Now this is just basic knowledge for me,” Ziglar said.
In April, the students started their current project: repairing the old science labs at Marianna High School.
“We came here and did a complete demolition of this project. I took these buildings and just gutted them, threw them down to the walls, ”Castleberry said.
After updating communication lines, data, and installing new electrical work, the team began work on building 9-foot walls.
Castleberry said they don’t know when this project will be completed as they are still waiting for some of the materials.
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