Checks presented to two high school construction academies

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two local high school construction programs received some extra help Tuesday.

The Bay Building Industries Association donated checks to Rutherford and Arnold High schools' construction academies totaling to almost $9,000.

The checks were presented at Tuesday afternoon's Bay District School Board meeting.

The hope behind the construction academies, and all other school academy programs, is to teach students hands-on skills to prepare for their career paths.

"Construction industry workers and owners in this county tell us they can't find enough workers, so we want to create workers to go work for them and they can make decent money. They can make really good money and a lot of these students can even work in the summer while they're going to school," Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools said.

He hopes the construction programs within Bay District Schools expands to a third school.