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Ludlow Senior Speaks of Off-Campus Trade Education

A senior at Ludlow High School spoke to the Ludlow board of education last week on his experience with a program offered by Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky (BIA).

Steven Woodward said that he started the program while a junior to be exposed to different homebuilding trades such as plumbing, where he learned about toilets and sinks, and also HVAC systems, and general shop and woodwork.

Woodward settled in this year with HVAC as his trade of focus. He has become an apprentice at Covington-based Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air. When he graduates high school in May, he expects to have a full-time job there.

"When I started high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do," Woodward said. "I went into this program, and I feel confident this is what I want to do."

He was asked if his friends have asked him about the program, and he joked that his friends are jealous he is only in school for half a day.  He doesn't mind working the other half of his day. He told the board that the company is talking about sending him for training once he graduates, so that soon he can be driving a van for them.

The BIA program is one of the newer ones offered at Ludlow, targeting students who may not wish to go to college after graduation.

To qualify for the program, students must be juniors or seniors with good attendance and credits. Students attend classes at BIA in the morning and return to high school for the second half of the day.

Other programs offered at Ludlow include auto technology, which is offered through Gateway Community & Technical College, and Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and Cyber Security.

In other news, the board of education approved the graduation speakers for the 2019 commencement, and in addition to high-achieving students, State Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington) may be tapped. Wheatley is a Ludlow native and in his first term as state representative for a district that is made up of Covington, Ludlow, Bromley, and Park Hills.

It was announced that Mary A. Goetz Elementary once again received a 21st Century community learning center grant. The school is now in the fifth year of the first grant it received, and this new grant will fund the Shine program at the school for the next five years.  

The grant is for $490,000, and the school will receive $100,000 per year for the first three years and $90,000 for the last two years. Ludlow partners with Children Inc for this after school program.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor