GENEVA, Al. (WTVY) Since the 1950s, the National Guard has operated out of the Armory on Maple Avenue in Geneva.
Now, over 100 high school students are building their future, alongside the soldiers.
Getting the chance to, "Learn, grow, and go" says director Chris Duke.
G-tech, the career tech center offers health science or educational training as an elective.
Duke says it is a chance for students to decide if this career is for them.
He says, "Coming and going, they feel like they're learning since they've been here."
It was an idea from state representative Donnie Chesteen.
Chesteen says, "A lot of these students want to live around here but there are no jobs."
Connecting the dots, he helped the guard stay in Geneva , while finding a place for students to get the best education possible.
He says, "Hopefully we can keep some of this talent in our area."
Students learn to be a future teacher and they can take the praxis, which is a test they would need to be a teacher
Even though it’s just for practice, career coach Nikki Dyess says these courses go a long way to helping students shape their career path.
She says, "Students in the health sciences will earn credentials in first aid and CPR."
Duke says he sees G-tech taking students to a whole new level.
They’ve also partnered with local community colleges to offer duel enrollment in aviation, welding, and automotive training.
Duke says, "That success can start here and carry on."
There will be a parent and community open house at the tech center on September, 12th
The tech center is located at 1308 W Maple Avenue in Geneva.