Soldiers head to KY college for lessons to use in Iraq

Elizabethtown, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The sounds of construction can be heard inside the classrooms of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, but that's nothing new.  Who's responsible for them, is new.

The college isn't under construction or doing any renovations, but is teaching and giving hands-on training in several carpentry lessons... and it's soldiers who are learning these lessons.

"It's a whole different environment for the soldiers here. We normally do things on post we don't do this type of training we fire weapons and things like that," said Msg. Phillip Navarrette with the U. S. Army.

The soldiers are trading in their weapons for pipes and wires.  They'll put their electrical, plumbing, and other carpentry lessons to good use abroad.

"The Army called us and said we really need this training and within a two week period we had a plan to them and they recruited their soliders and we started November 1st," ECTC Dean Dr. Tom Davenport said.

The five week program also earns them nine college credit hours.  What they learn in the classroom will help them build on skills needed during their deployments.

"You go into any third world and you're going to do not just your particular mission but any extra skills you can bring is going to be a plus," Msg. Nevarrette said.

Members of the 3rd brigade will deploy overseas starting in December.

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