FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - High school students at Anthis Career Academy say they're ready to hit the workforce. Many of them signed with local companies Friday to start internships this semester.
"It's basically starting my future as an IT guy," said Ronnie Begley.
Begley signed with Steel Dynamics, Inc, skipping college and hoping to go right to work after he graduates in May.
"I have a lot of certifications and companies are starting to look at that more than college degrees," he said.
Clint Warner is a programmer with SDI. He said companies like SDI will teach the students everything they need to know.
"It gives them an opportunity to find out what they want to do with their lives, but it also provides a benefit to us as a company," he said, "We're able to get people out of high school, they're able to find out what they want to do, and then we're able to utilize them as they move on in their career."
Jesse Webb, the principal at Anthis, said they've learned college isn't for everyone, and the new American dream is to get certifications and get a good paying job.
"The Baby Boomer generation is kind of retiring, so all those skilled positions that they fulfill right now are opening up. And the push the last 15 to 20 years is to push kids to college," Webb said.
Webb said that's why the academy has been so successful.
"Health sciences and precision machining, and of course, technology. Those are all big needs, not just in Northeast Indiana but also the state and the United States," he said.
And Begley said the best advice he can give to other students is this: "You don't have to be the best. Just do your best, and you never know what can happen."
Most of the Anthis Career Students are juniors and seniors, but they do accept some sophomores and freshmen from around Allen County.
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