Student apprentices team up with school system’s plumbers, carpenters, masons

“Gary Wilson is having a summer like no other — awake before 5 a.m., on the job before dawn. One day, he is ankle-deep in muddy water, helping to replace a broken concrete storm pipe. Another, he is wielding a jackhammer as though he has done it for years. It’s all a big change from classes at Suitland High School in Maryland, these weeks of work as an apprentice to a master plumber. “We’ve been out there doing a lot, and I’m picking it up,” Wilson, a rising senior, said more than a month into the experience.”

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