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Marion Co., West Virginia, Technical Center providing hands-on education to students despite COVID-19 pandemic


FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — The Marion County Technical Center is continuing to provide training to students of all ages to prepare them for the workforce despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The center, located beside North Marion High School, offers 11 different simulated workplaces, ranging from nursing and marketing to auto body repair, welding and electrical work. Due to the nature of the work, the students who make use of the center are able to work at their stations despite the pandemic, allowing them to continue their learning in the best way possible. 

Jay Michael, principal of the Marion County Technical Center, said the school provides students with a major advantage once they graduate. 

“The big benefit of it is these students can come out of here career-ready,” Michael said. “For example, I’ll use our electrical program. When they finish up here, they have the opportunity to fit for their journeyman and come out of here work ready. Our kids are ready to do that when they come out of here. These students are job-ready when they hit the real world. They can go on to college or go right into the workforce.” 

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