Dylan Fox is in his second year in the carpentry program at the Caldwell Regional Career Center in Princeton and is anxious to learn several carpentry-related skills, although that is not one of his career goals. He wants to have a career in law enforcement.
It is his hard work in carpentry that enabled the Caldwell County High School sophomore to be named this week's Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week.
Fox said he chose carpentry last year because his family has a number of building projects at home.
"We had been building stuff at our house -- like right now, we're building a barn," he said. "So, I wanted to learn how to build things like that.
"I'm finding that I really like building things and seeing the end project and saying, 'I built that.'"
Fox said he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and work as a police officer. His father, Trent Fox, is a detective with the Princeton Police Department.
"He's a very good student," said his carpentry instructor, Greg Creekmur. "He's driven, as far as his abilities and very well-mannered. That's a quality that is a testament to him, no matter what career field he goes into."
Creekmur said Fox is working on his Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 certification and certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and should attain those at the end of the school year.
One of the projects that Fox and the rest of the carpentry class is working on is building a tree for the Caldwell County Elementary School library for students to sit under while they read.
Fox said he enjoys agriculture classes as well, currently studying animal science.
Fox is the son of Trent and Trista Fox of Fredonia. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
The Caldwell Regional Career Center is on the Caldwell County High School campus and services students from Caldwell County, Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Lyon County and Trigg County school districts.
A story featuring the AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week runs in The Paducah Sun each Friday through March 27 with recipients chosen by instructors and administrators at the seven area technical centers that serve students in the state's 13 westernmost counties.
In addition to the Caldwell Regional Career Center, this year's 29 AGC of Western Kentucky Technical Center Students of the Week are chosen from the Ballard County Career and Technical Center, Four Rivers Career Academy in Fulton County, Marshall County Technical Center, Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center, Murray-Calloway County Area Technology Center and the Paducah Area Technical Center.
At the area technical centers, students are learning skills in areas such as carpentry, machine tool technology, electricity, welding, industrial maintenance and automotive technology that will help them join the workforce upon graduation and help fill the need for skilled workers in the area.
A banquet will be held in April to honor the Technical Center Students of the Week and to name technical center and overall Students of the Year.