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A inside look at Enterprise High School’s masonry program

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 4:36 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Enterprise High School masonry students are getting their hands dirty, literally. Teaching them life skills they can take into the workforce.

A program that started in 2018 has already gained the attention of hundreds of students.

“I think we had 13 or 14 students signed up for it because it was a new program. The next year we had like 63 students signed up, we only went two blocks and I was still part time. We cut it down to like 40 of them, turned away some, the start of this year I had 126 students signed up for masonry program, it just keeps increasing,” Mickey German, Enterprise High School masonry instructor said.

A chance to get out from behind the desk.

“You go to the shop, you learn how to lay tile, you learn how to lay brick and stone, you get to use the saws, it’s just fun,” Tyree Brown, sophomore at Enterprise High School said.

And learn tools you can’t teach from a textbook.

“They’re not going to go up there and sit in a algebra class or a real in-depth class, they’re just not going to get anything out of it. I’ve got students here that may not be doing well in English and math and everything, they’re trying but they get down here and it’s so easy for them to get an A,” German said.

For some, this class means fulfilling their future goals.

“I’ve always seen homeless people on the road and I wished I could give them shelter. So I feel like me becoming an architect can help build homes for those homeless people, places where if they don’t have the money to go in, they can sleep there until they can get up onto their feet,” Angelica Bobe, senior at Enterprise High School said.

And setting the bar for gender equality.

“But I believe it will help because females don’t get a lot of credit for things that they do and I believe me doing this will help give us that credit. So that’s another reason I took the class, I wanted to prove a female can do what a man can do,” Bobe said.

So if you’re on the fence about taking a masonry class, Tyree Brown is an example of why you should.

“Don’t be afraid, stick out, don’t worry about what everyone say, just do what’s best for you. If you’re debating about taking this class, take it and I promise you’ll like it because Mr. German is a very cool, respectful man,” Brown said.

Enterprise High School currently has 3 levels of masonry courses but hope to expand that in the future. Students in grades 9 thorugh 12 can enroll in the masonry program.

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