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Manufacturing at Marshfield: 'All the welding and machining I keep at a college-level'

Students could potentially earn certificates before graduation - and directly step into good-paying jobs in the field. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. - There's a class that offers Marshfield High School students a chance to experience first-hand what awaits after graduation.

"The work that I have them do, I have a very high standard for them," said Glen Crook, who teaches manufacturing at the school. "Basically all the welding and machining I keep at a college-level standard."

Crook has been teaching at Marshfield since 2014.

He said his goal is to connect students with their future jobs.

"They have certification courses over at SWOCC; I'm currently working with them to basically get some of my students over there when they do their certifications tests to potentially get my students certified as well," he said.

Students could potentially earn certificates before graduation - and directly step into good-paying jobs in the field.

The class is also exposing students to a field they might not have considered before.

"I didn't have any view of what the industry actually was until I entered into this class," senior Daniel Morris said. "I started welding and I grew attached to it."

Crook said students have worked on small manufacturing projects in the community, providing real-world experience for actual projects.

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