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Mayfield-Graves Co. ATC electricity students gain experience

Graves County High School senior Kory Moore (left) and Mayfield High School junior Brandon Arellano collaborate to install cost-cutting electric lights. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools) Graves County High School senior Kory Moore (left) and Mayfield High School junior Brandon Arellano collaborate to install cost-cutting electric lights. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools)
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“In our third year program, we use ‘live work’ as much as possible to teach our students,” said Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center electricity instructor Joel Crider. “One thing that does is to help us out on our budget because we don’t have to buy all the materials to teach all the tasks to simulate work and then all that work would just be thrown away. So, we work in the community as much as possible for non-profit organizations and other places that are helping the community. So, we partner with the J.U. Kevil Foundation every year to do their maintenance work and any additional work they need.”

He spoke while J.U. Kevil workers went about their daily tasks and his students worked in various rooms rewiring lights.

“This year, the Tennessee Valley Authority has a program to rebate electrical customers for the amount of energy that they’re going to save,” he continued. “By changing from the old, fluorescent lighting to LEDs, they save a significant amount of energy and TVA will rebate a portion of that back to the customer to help cover the cost of the LED change-out. Mayfield Plumbing and Electric supplied the LEDs for this project and we’re doing the labor portion of it.

“We’ve changed all the office, hallways, and business part of this building,” Crider explained. “The only part we haven’t done is two workshops and we might be able to do that later. LED stands for light-emitting diode. It is the newest, longest-lasting, most efficient lighting available. It’s what most everybody’s is going to using because it works on a fraction of the cost and the life expectancy in number of hours is much better.”

“We’re very thankful for this partnership. It helps us both,” said Leigh Ann Jarvis, executive director of the J.U. Kevil Foundation. The organization recently celebrated its 50th year. “We do recycling, so we have a lot of cardboard out back; we pick up businesses’ cardboard. We’ve had to add extra bailers, so Joel’s students have helped us with that, too.”

“We usually do anything from adding circuits to whatever else they need,” Crider said of the organizations with whom his school partners. “With the work J.U. Kevil is doing for Briggs and Stratton in Murray or Remington Firearms near Mayfield, there’s always something new and a need for something different with wiring the electricity. So, we’re basically acting as an electrical contractor. It’s really good for my students to see the workers of these organizations. These J.U. Kevil workers have disabilities, yet they’re still showing up for work every day, they take pride in what they do. I think it’s good for any of us to see these folks working like they do, working through challenges and having a great work ethic. I think that’s a positive for our students.”

Graves County High School senior Reed Shook wants to pursue electricity for a living.

He said, “We actually get on-the-job experience with the kind of work we actually will be doing when we finish school.”

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