Plumbing good fit for Ladd | News

Jordan Ladd has spent the past three years learning plumbing technology at the Caldwell Regional Career Center in anticipation of starting a career in the field.

The Caldwell County High School senior is the Western Kentucky Technical Center’s Associate General Contractor Student of the Week.

The CRCC is the only one of the region’s seven technical centers to teach plumbing technology, giving the students it serves another option as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Bill Eldridge is the Plumbing Technology Program Instructor at Caldwell Regional Career Center. He said local business people and members of the Caldwell County School Board have been discussing adding programs that would be relevant to local needs.

“They felt the need for a plumbing class, he said. “The program has been in place since 2018, I think. This is my fourth year teaching it.

“Students learn to use a level as well as basic learning about how to measure and cut different types of pipe and how to join that pipe, whether with glue, mechanically, or using a torch or solder.”

Ladd said he chose to study plumbing because it seemed to suit him.

“It looked easy to me when I watched it,” he said. “Somehow I’ve been interested in this since I can remember, how to route different types of pipes and certain parts to different areas.

“I always like to design things, and I also like a challenge.”

After studying plumbing for nearly three years, Ladd said he found he enjoyed the variety the field offered.

“I like how there are different types of things to deal with,” he said. “There’s copper, PVC (polyvinyl chloride pipe), cast iron and all the other things you can work with.

“There are different types of challenges with different types of pipes, I think.”

Eldridge said Ladd has progressed over his three years on the program.

“Jordan is doing really, really well,” Eldridge said. “He’s always willing to volunteer to do things and he’s willing to learn. He has the will to learn, and that’s something not all (students) have. He has a decent aptitude for all the practical stuff.

“Plumbing is a headache, basically. It’s a maze, and it’s how to get from point A to point B through all this other stuff and joining it all together, catching all the different things at the same time. It just takes practice and practice.

Ladd said he plans to pursue a career in plumbing or construction after graduating from Caldwell County.

“I have a construction type style or a plumbing style that can handle more hands-on work,” he said. “I would like to get into plumbing or renovation.”

Ladd helped clean up his grandparents’ house and their neighbors’ homes after the Dec. 10 tornado hit Caldwell County.

Ladd is a four-year-old football player and member of the Tigers track team.

Ladd is the son of Lee and Tara Ladd of Princeton.

A story featuring the Western Kentucky AGC Tech Center Student of the Week will run in The Paducah Sun every Friday through April 1 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at all seven centers. regional technical colleges that serve students in the 13 westernmost counties of the state.

In addition to the Caldwell Regional Career Center, Western Kentucky Technical Center AGC 29 week students are selected from Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center, Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center, Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center, and Paducah Area Technical Center.

The Caldwell Regional Career Center serves students from Caldwell County, Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Lyon County, and Trigg County High School.

In addition to plumbing technology, the area’s technology center offers courses in automotive technology, carpentry, electrical, health sciences, computer science, and welding.

AGC of Western Kentucky will host a banquet on April 21 at Marshall County High School for this year’s Tech Center Week students. Students will receive awards, and Tech Center Students of the Year and a Regional Tech Center Student of the Year will be announced.

At area technical centers, students learn skills in many career areas that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and fill the need for skilled workers in Western Kentucky.

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