Pictured are Hunter Hornberg, Nathan Clemmensen, Dylan Merchlewitz and Justice Johnson.

WSHS learn building trades, life skills


Fourteen Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students in building trades class are learning how to install siding, build stairs, and correctly install sheetrock. The final project will be a completed small structure that is entirely fabricated on-site. Students are learning basic building construction as it applies to standard wood-frame techniques.

“In this class we are trying to touch on many different aspects of residential construction. My hope is they feel empowered enough to take on a project at home or on their own home someday. It would be a bonus if they are inspired enough to continue on in to the trades. Do I expect them to be experts? No. That takes years. Do I hope this plants a seed? You bet,” stated Mr. Haines, WSHS industrial technology teacher.

The Winona Area Public Schools Industrial Technology Education Department offers many beginning and advanced courses which provide life-long practical skills for the individual regardless of future career goals. Any industrial arts program will cover all the core curriculum classes at a given time. They cover math, reading, English, chemistry, and a little philosophy depending on the day. Students have to learn to figure things out on their own to finish projects. Perseverance in shop class can translate to other classes and the rest of their life.

Students can explore a number of technical skill areas which can lead to the discovery of interests and abilities. Courses such as woods, blueprint reading, drafting, introduction to engineering design, small engines and metals fabrication allow for an in-depth study that permits an opportunity to develop a higher level of skills, while further testing interests and abilities.


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