Training in Trade

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Brand new bikes to ride to school or so you might think.

"Bikes that were reclaimed from the landfill by the students here at Bennett Hill Montessori. They were rebuilt by the students," Beverly Crowell with Go Bike Buffalo said.

Students in this technology class participated in the "Build a Bike" program.

"We had to take them apart and put them together again, I think that is important," 7th Grader Madison Williams said.

Student Liam Baldwin explains.

"They taught us all the parts, what they're called, what they do, what's their purpose," Baldwin said.

There is much more than meets the eye.

"It opens up doors of interest. They get excited about building and repairing things," Crowell said.

This is just one program within the Buffalo Public School District that gives students hands on training in a skilled trade.

"Building trades, whether it be in transportation, plumbing, electrician. Some students might like it, others may not but I want to give students a path to where they are going," Teacher James McNeight said.

Lou Visone is a McKinley High School Technology Teacher. He said his students are building an actual house to give to a family in need.

"We reframe this whole house. It's built in two halves so they can trailer it," Visone said.

He said these skills could lead to trade school and a great paying job.

"We need new people, up and coming people to do the different trades. We need them to learn the trade first. Kids are going to college but that is not the whole ballgame. We need workers in the field," Visone said.

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