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Central Lee shop class builds K9 obstacle course

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Juniors at Central Lee High School's carpentry three class were hard at work Tuesday building Lee County its very own K9 obstacle course.

The Lee County K9 Association said they're thrilled with the results.

"The students have done a wonderful job so far," Bob Conlee said. "When they drive by they can say, 'Hey, I built that.'"

Officials say it'll be a huge boost for the county's hard working K9s.

"For tracking and for going over obstacles," Conlee said. "They have to train on this on a daily basis and the handlers work with them everyday at home.

Students said it's not always easy as the course has to meet the certification standards.

"This is quite a challenge for us because there's some parts that we haven't done before," junior Matt Shau said.

But instructors said it's meant to push their limits.

"I try to give them the most real world challenges, on the job site, tools in their hand," teacher Justin Shau said

He said with trades like carpentry being in such high demand, what his students do now could help launch their careers.

"We have contractors come in and talk to them," he said. "These guys could have a job as soon as they walk out the door."

Lee County K9 Association officials say when the weather warms up, they'll take the class down to the Sheriff's office to see the fruits of their labor and watch the K9s use the course.

Students said they can't wait.

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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