As Lockheed Martin announced this week their plans to develop hypersonic weapons at their plant in Courtland, they also announced the program will be bringing 72 jobs to the plant within the next three years. 

Lockheed Martin authorities expect that job growth to continue, and announcements like these should alert local educators to opportunities that could be coming for their students.

Tabitha Pace, the president and CEO of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, said her board and the Lawrence County School System are developing a relationship with one another like never before. 

By teaming up with Lawrence County Superintendent Jon Bret Smith and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center Director Robbie Vinzant, the group hopes to expand on opportunities like these for local students.

For years, schools systems across the state have encouraged students to seek a path leading them to a four-year degree. While those who pursue a college education should be applauded, students who pursue a trade or technical degree need to be encouraged as well.

Parents should also recognize the opportunities and encourage their child who likes hand-on work or has a skillset fitting for a technical degree. 

Whether your child decides a four-year degree from a University is right for them, or if earning a certification on the job right out of high school seems more appealing, parents, teachers and mentors can help them weigh each of their options and determine the next course. 

It’s time to break the stigma surrounding trade and technical students. Help your child decide what path is best for them.

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