Josh Outlaw (left) uses a plasma torch to cut a piece of steel as fellow students look on during the metal working class at Scotland County High School in Laurenburg, N.C. Friday, September 23, 2016. At right is Mick Davis who will grab the hot metal before it hits the floor. The high school has a vocational program second to none to help students get real life skills that can provide work as soon as they graduate.
Josh Outlaw (left) uses a plasma torch to cut a piece of steel as fellow students look on during the metal working class at Scotland County High School in Laurenburg, N.C. Friday, September 23, 2016. At right is Mick Davis who will grab the hot metal before it hits the floor. The high school has a vocational program second to none to help students get real life skills that can provide work as soon as they graduate. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
Josh Outlaw (left) uses a plasma torch to cut a piece of steel as fellow students look on during the metal working class at Scotland County High School in Laurenburg, N.C. Friday, September 23, 2016. At right is Mick Davis who will grab the hot metal before it hits the floor. The high school has a vocational program second to none to help students get real life skills that can provide work as soon as they graduate. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

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