By LeeAnna Tatum
Enterprise Staff Writer
With a national trend emphasizing the value of a four-year degree, vocational and technical classes at the high school level are sometimes underappreciated and perhaps undervalued. But, at Claxton High School, the practical, hands-on training students receive in their Career Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) classes is important.
Bradley Hall, CTAE instructor, is new to the CHS faculty this year, but he has been teaching for six years. Hall teaches a number of ag classes including: nursery and landscape design, general horticulture, basic agricultural science, agriculture mechanics I and agriculture mechanics II.
Hall grew up on a South Georgia farm and knows from experience just how valuable the skills he teaches can be in the real world. He hopes his classes equip students with skill sets for practical use in their everyday lives.
From lawnmower maintenance to simple home repairs, the skills these students learn can be of great benefit to them. For those particularly inclined to a similar vocation, it can be the first step towards a long and fulfilling career.
Hall’s students appreciate the practical skills they’ve learned. “You use things in ag class in everyday life … In ag class we learn welding and we learn how to mess with motors. I can work on a lawnmower if needed.” said Austin, ag mechanics II student.