Teens explore manufacturing careers at unique fair

Students study a carpenter’s plan.

Y-12 and trades councils encourage youth to consider skilled employment

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Hammers, paint sprayers and circuit boards replaced notebooks, pencils and erasers for one day at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. At a recent career fair, students were able to explore these tools of the trade and ask questions.

Y-12 employees and members of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council and the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council interacted with the students. This outreach is focused on inspiring future workers, and is sponsored by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, which manages Y-12 National Security Complex.

Students investigate apprenticeship options

Students from Anderson, Blount, Knox and Loudon counties interacted with electricians, carpenters, insulators, painters, and machinists. A scavenger hunt encouraged the students to explore each booth and ask questions, including the level of education/training required, skills used and salary.

Y-12 painter John Stone shows two students a paint sprayer

The goal was to introduce students to potential career paths. ATLC President Mike Thompson talked about how career plans shift and encouraged them to explore multiple career options. He also informed them that apprentices “earn while they learn,” allowing them to start careers debt free.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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