CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight: Walter Preston

This month's CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight is Mr. Walter Preston, a construction teacher at Griffin High School (GHS) in Griffin, Georgia. Mr. Preston served as a military police officer in the US Army for over 20 years before retiring and becoming a teacher at Griffin High School in 2003.  

Third-year students in Mr. Preston's classes are preparing for the world of work through activities like resume building and CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour training courses. In fact, a total of 14 GHS students completed their training and received OSHA 10-Hour cards this year.

Mr. Preston credits donations from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) for making the CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour course possible for his students. 

"This was a huge opportunity for my students.Industry employers love seeing students with this certification, and it can help students earn $1-3 more per hour in some cases."

Walter Preston

Students in Preston's classes are also encouraged to participate in a variety of other skill building and training activities, like SkillsUSA. 2017 was a particularly rewarding year for GHS students participating in the Region 5 competitions, and they took home awards for 1st place in carpentry (Matthew Gossett), 3rd place in plumbing (Andrew Landrum), 1st place in electrical wiring (India Bryant), and 1st place in masonry (Ira Smith). India Bryant was also awarded a two-year scholarship with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Electrical Apprenticeship program. Most recently, Savannah Cannady placed 1st in the 2021 SkillsUSA Region 5 Electrical Construction Wiring competition, moving forward to win 3rd place at the state level.  

CareerSafe offers our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Preston for his passionate service to both safety education and our country!

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