Technical education — also known as shop class: wood shop, metal shop — were once popular offerings in the Pittsburgh region’s public high schools. The downturn in the industrial economy in the 1980s prompted many parents and guidance counselors to instead champion a four-year college degree as the route to a sustainable career.

Now the pendulum has swung back. With Baby Boomers beginning to retire from manufacturing jobs nationwide. well-compensated jobs are abundant for people with technical skills. So shop is making a comeback.

Check out this recent story by WESA 90.5 reporter Erika Beras and photographer Ryan Loew from Beaver Fall High School, where students are learning how to repair engines and build wind generators.

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Photo by Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA