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Caeden Lynch uses the carpentry skills he learned from Career Center

Caeden Lynch helps build the start of a wall around a pillar in the cafeteria at the Washington County Career Center.

Recent Fort Frye High School graduate Caeden Lynch has been using skills he learned at the Washington County Career Center to help improve the school.

Lynch was in the carpentry program and soon after graduation, went to work for Grae-Con Construction. The company has been contracted to remodel the career center’s cafeteria.

Lynch said he got interested in carpentry because of a family project.

“In between my seventh and eighth grade years, my family built a storage building,” he explained. “That got me interested.”

Lynch noted he isn’t the only one in his family who worked on building projects — his father did electrical work while in the U.S. Navy.He said he’s happy he went into the carpentry program at the career center.

Photo submitted Caeden Lynch examines one of the pillars that will be removed from the cafeteria at the Washington County Career Center.

“I like the work. It keeps me busy,” Lynch said.

Grae-Con has been contracted to redo the ceiling in the kitchen, put in new flooring, take out the main four pillars in the front of the cafeteria and put a new pillar in, he said.

As part of the program, Lynch said he learned basic skills for residential and commercial carpentry, as well as how to run a forklift.

As Lynch worked Thursday on the cafeteria, his job superintendent, Larry Stoke, guided him in how to properly do the prep work on a new pillar.

After guiding him through squaring off the foundation boards, he had Lynch take on the next set of boards.

Caeden Lynch (right) squares up the boards as Larry Stoke anchors them to the concrete.

“We’re building forms to hold up the columns,” Stoke said.

When he isn’t working, Lynch said he prefers to stay home and relax, talk to friends and play games.

He said he enjoys role playing and massively multiplayer online games.

“My favorite is an older game … Kingdom Hearts,” Lynch said. “I play on the hardest difficulty. I like the challenge it has.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

Caeden Lynch (right) listens as Larry Stoke explains the process he is going through building columns in the cafeteria at Washington County Career Center on Thursday.

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