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KY high school student has signing ceremony for plumbing job

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Jacob Bradley, left, a 2022 graduate of Montgomery County High School, and his mother Angie Bradley appeared in mid-May at a letter of intent signing ceremony for a Lexington plumbing company where he is starting full time on May 31.

Photo courtesy of Ben Crum

Jacob Bradley, a 2022 Central Ky. high school graduate, signed a letter of intent with a Lexington company in front of reporters — much like an athlete would — to indicate he is starting a full-time career as a that plumber Tuesday.

Bradley’s signing ceremony at Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling in mid-May led to national coverage over the weekend on Inside the digital edition in addition to statewide attention.

“I thought the trades deserved more attention,” Bradley told the Herald-Leader. “You just have to be ready to work with your hands.”

“It’s high time some light was shed on people getting into the skilled trades,” said Ben Crum, vice president of Fast Flow Plumbing of Lexington, where Bradley works. “Most companies are willing to pay not only for your work as you make money, but they’re also willing to pay for your training once it’s time for you to get your license or take a test.”

He said employees in skilled trades generally won’t incur school debt and will have the chance to be business owners.

Bradley, 18, said he met Crum in March at a career day at his high school and started working at Crum’s company part-time while he finished the school year.

Bradley said he started making around $14 an hour with the potential for $20-25 an hour.

Crum said he wanted to recruit high schoolers because they are eager to learn.

Bradley High School counselor Lacy Gross told the Herald-Leader reporting partner WKYT that signing ceremonies have usually just taken place for athletes, but she is hopeful that skilled trades signings will continue.

Bradley, Crum said, is “a very smart kid. He has a bright future ahead of him. »

Writer Valarie Honeycutt Spears covers K-12 education, social issues, and other topics. She is originally from Lexington with roots in southeastern Kentucky.