Lincoln Black is in his second year of the electricity program at the Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center and is looking forward to taking the next step toward a career in the electrical field.
The Carlisle County High School senior is this week's Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.
Black said he chose to study electricity because he always wanted to work in this area through a union or plant facility.
"I've always wanted to stay close to home," he said. "I'm going to see what job suits me best when I get that opportunity.
"When we go to job sites, that teaches me more about the real world and the things that I need to learn."
Black said that when he graduates from high school, he wants to take the test for an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers apprenticeship or take classes at West Kentucky Community and Technical College to gain more certification.
Black's instructor, Brad Tucker, said that his student is a fast learner who takes his education seriously.
"We've done lots of conduit bending," he said of the class projects. "We've wired three different houses. We've done some commercial work at a couple of places in Mayfield, so we've done both commercial and residential work."
Black has earned his Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour certification.
"I think he'll be successful immediately," Tucker said. "I don't think the transition from school to work is going to be hard for him at all."
Black works with his father at L&L Construction in Bardwell, and he plays baseball for Carlisle County as a pitcher and first baseman. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. He is a two-time junior varsity Most Valuable Player award winner in baseball and is a Beta Club GPA Award winner, earning Student of the Month honors last September.
Black is the son of Lance and Kristena Black of Bardwell.
The Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center is on the campus of Mayfield High School and services students from Carlisle County, Graves County and Mayfield high schools.
A story featuring the AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week will run in The Paducah Sun each Friday through March 27 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at the seven area technical centers that serve students in the state's 13 westernmost counties.
In addition to the Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center, this year's 29 AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Students of the Week are chosen from the Paducah Area Technical Center, Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Caldwell Regional Career Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center and the Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center.
At the area technical centers, students are learning skills in areas such as machine tool technology, plumbing, carpentry, automotive technology, welding, electricity and industrial maintenance that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and help fill the need for skilled workers in the area.
A banquet will be at 6 p.m. April 23 at Marshall County High School to honor the Technical Center Students of the Week and to name technical center and overall Students of the Year.