PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County high school students interested in an electrical career can study under Chris Furr in his two year electrical technology program, which is done hand in hand with West Virginia University Parkersburg.
Students spend half the day with Furr and the other half studying their normal high school subjects. However, once they graduate they’re a step closer to a career than some high school graduates.
“They are eligible to sit for the West Virginia state license exam as a journeyman wireman. So, that really means a lot as far as their ability to work and be employable,” said Furr.
Furr tries to keep his student’s education competitive and does so by teaching them about different kinds of energy sources. They recently built and installed a solar panel array that now powers WVUP’s energy lab.
“The whole world is looking for renewables and alternative sources of energy. Coal will only last forever. The sun will be here as long as we will so, I think it’s very important to keep building upon this alternative fuel source,” Furr continued, “I teach both sides of it, we’re actually planning a tour at the Pleasant’s Power Station. So they need to learn all aspects of it, but yeah. The more tools you put in your toolbox, the more beneficial, the more employable you are.”