Large scale welding projects prepare students for future in Simpson County

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FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Welding students at Franklin-Simpson High School have been busy working on projects that have made their way out into the community around them.

Projects like an extra terrestrial visitor or a 400-pound horse statue have caught the eye of Simpson County residents.

Perhaps the real story of these projects is the work behind them.

"The bigger the better, the more awesome. The kids love those projects," said welding instructor Jeremy Loveall.

His students are constantly excited for the next big adventure in the classroom.

"You never know what's going to happen next," said senior Carrie Mitchell. "We're always doing something new."

For Loveall, his class is about providing students with an opportunity to succeed.

"Every day there's a different factory calling," he said. "There are factories offering intern programs; there are factories offering anything that a student could need... Any student that wants to come in and work hard and leave here with basic skills can get a job as soon as they graduate high school."

For some students, the welding class has become a passion.

"I knew I wanted to take welding, [but] I just didn't know how much I would enjoy it," said senior Ben James. "It's become much more than just a class to me; it's become a hobby."

Students like James aim to improve their trade skills and work toward their welding certifications

"It's crazy to think these whole past twelve years of your life have been spent in school and now it's just a whole new chapter to your life," added James, "and it's just so exciting to know you're going to get out and do something that you've always had the passion and drive to do, but you were just unable to do it yet."

Loveall said they've been approached by a number of community members about new projects, but for now they're all booked up with other projects that he believes will be just as cool as the last ones.

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