Knox County HS aims to fill America's skills gap

A student at Knox County High School hones his welding skills (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza.)

America, specifically the Mid-West, is facing a severe skills gap.

Employers are finding it harder and harder to fill well paying jobs.

At Knox County High School, they're teaching students how to work with their hands and parlay that into a real life job.

"I just had no idea you did this...I mean, this is the kind of thing that I think every school should do," said Missouri Senate hopeful Cindy O'Laughlin, who toured the high school on Thursday.

On her tour of Knox County High School, U.S. Missouri Senate hopeful Cindy O'Laughlin says she never expected to find this.

"It's awesome! I mean, kids can learn to actually produce something," said O'Laughlin.

Principal Brian Brown says that's the point.

"We try to create experiences for them within our high school so they can gain some real world experience before they graduate," said Brown.

Knox County is trying to fill America's skills gap.

"We need to give kids a well-rounded experience which includes a 21st Century tools, technology, hands-on experiences for them to be able to take care of when they go out in the real world," said Brown.

In order to maintain these programs, schools like Knox need funding.

Something Principal Brown hopes current and potential lawmakers can see the value in.

"We just want a voice down in Jefferson City so folks know what happens in K-12 education, especially out in the rural areas, it'd be great for us," said Brown.

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