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The equipment is one way the district is expanding Career and Technical Education programs

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Crook County High School students learn to use the new Lucas Radial Sawmill.

Classes are coming to an end this week, but Crook County High School has a new addition to one of its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. A Lucas Radial Sawmill was recently delivered to the high school and students already put it to the test.

The sawmill can handle logs up to 6 feet in diameter and 20-feet long. It will cut dimensional lumber all the way up to 8.5 inches.

CCHS Natural Resource teacher Lisa Keown says she's talked with both the high school and middle school shop classes offering their services to provide lumber.

"I'm extremely excited to give students real-life experience and take projects from the forest and follow that wood all the way through the finished project," explained Keown.

Once the wood is cut to dimension, the lumber can be used for a variety of wood-related projects in local shop classes. Bret Michalski, Forestry Resources Technology professor at Central Oregon Community College, spent time showing Kewon and her students how to set up and operate the sawmill. The students got to cut their first pieces of lumber.

"This is another example of how CCHS is working to enhance our CTE programs and make sure our students get to work with their hands and learn valuable life skills," said Ryan Cochran, the new CTE coordinator for CCHS.

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