New Bartlett High School lab gives students career path - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New Bartlett High School lab gives students career path

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The future is looking bright for a group of Bartlett High School students, thanks in part to some high tech equipment.

Monday the school unveiled its brand new machine tool technology lab. It cost around $400,000. This money came from a combination of funds from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and a recently passed state bill.

"Not a lot of people get a chance like this,"  Bartlett High School student Samuel Burton said. "That's what makes this place great."

Burton is one of the students taking advantage of this great investment. The aspiring machinist is a sophomore at Bartlett High School. He took his first class with the new machines Monday morning.

"This is awesome. I love working with machines," Burton said.

It's a dream that will come true. He and his classmates will know everything about the various machines as they work with them for three hours a day for the next year.

Mobile users: Click here to see some of the machines in the new lab.

It's knowledge that is necessary in Memphis. The Bluff City is the second largest producer of medical device parts in the nation.

The lab will also play an integral part in Governor Haslam's Drive to 55 campaign. The goal is to get 55 percent of Tennessee students equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

"For years the medical device industry in Memphis has been stealing employees from each other," James King with the Tennessee Board of Regents said. "It's time that we supply a workforce that meets their needs." 

Currently there are 50 job openings for machinists in Memphis. These are  positions that start at $20 an hour and could soon be filled by Samuel and his classmates.

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