WINCHESTER — Barrett Machine is creating a new opportunity for area high school graduates who plan to pursue Career and Technical Education (CTE) professions.

The local business, which is a turnkey provider of metal fabrication and industrial maintenance and services, will be providing a $1,000 scholarship at each high school in the Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County school divisions, starting this year. Each school division’s respective education foundation will select a recipient for the “Barrett Machine Trades Scholar Award.”

“We’ve seen over the last couple of years an increase in the number of students going through CTE programs ,” said Mary Nordman, executive director of the Frederick County Education Foundation.

Russ Potts, executive director of the Winchester Education Foundation, added that it’s clear the area’s manufacturing industry xneeds more skilled workers.

He hopes this new scholarship will pave the way for similar scholarship opportunities for area CTE students.

This is the first time the Winchester and Frederick education foundations have had a CTE-related scholarship.

The Clarke County Education Foundation currently offers one scholarship related to agriculture. “The CCEF and our community recognizes the importance and tremendous need of support of students pursuing alternate paths of education including the trades and are so thankful to be able to offer this scholarship with the support of Barrett Machine,” Beth Williams, CCEF executive director, said in a statement.

Those being considered for the Barrett Machine scholarship must be a student in one of following career pathway traded: automotive, carpentry/construction, electrical, HVAC, industrial maintenance, machining, metal fabrication and welding, millwright and rigging, plumbing, small engine repair and technical drawing and design. The scholarship money may be used for trades schools, classes, apprenticeships or employer requirements such as tooling.

CCEF will give out 23 scholarships totaling about $23,000 this year, FCEF will give out 55 scholarships totaling over $60,000, while WEF will hand out eight scholarships to graduating students totaling $8,000.

— Contact Anna Merod at amerod@winchesterstar.com

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