Paintsville High School students learn soft skills to prepare them for after graduation

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - For most high school students, they typically spend eight hours behind a desk, Monday through Friday, learning different subjects.

Paintsville High School found a way to teach kids the skills they need for life outside of the classroom.

"All 56 seniors this year have been able to go out in the community and work in a career hopefully they are interested in," said Career and Technical Education Advisor Carrie Ratliff.

At the beginning of the school year, Paintsville started a program called Serve and Learn. This program allows senior students to go out each day and work with businesses in the community.

"I kind of thought I would just watch them do their job but they actually let us get on air on the radio and made it really hands-on for us," says Painstville senior Olivia DAle.

This helps them learn skills in the field they want to pursue, as well as soft skills they will need to know for the rest of their lives.

"I learned how to do an EKG. I didn't actually do it but I learned how to do it," said Paintsville senior Andrew Justice.

Many of the students say this program helped them decided what they want to do with their lives and some have even received jobs after graduation.

"At first I wanted to do psychology but now I'm moving towards business thanks to this program,' said Paintsville senior Hannah Wells.

Mrs. Ratliff says she hopes this program allows students to find their passion here in Eastern Kentucky.

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