Montgomery County High School Student Signs With Plumbing Company

Montgomery County High School senior Jacob Bradley is already starting his career

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) — You’ve heard of high school student-athletes signing to play for varsity teams, but have you heard of a high school student signing with a company to start their career?

That’s exactly what Montgomery County High School Senior Jacob Bradley did on Wednesday, officially signing with Fast Flow Plumbing as an apprentice plumber.

Bradley is part of a unique co-op program at Montgomery County High School, which allowed him to work with Fast Flow while completing his education as an apprentice with a master plumber, which he would continue to do for the next two years.

“We always try to help our students be ready for college or a career,” said Lacey Gross, guidance counselor at Montgomery County High School, “some students are ready to go straight into their career field, and we want our students to be intentional about their plans after graduation.

According to Fast Flow Plumbing Vice President Ben Crum, plumbers are in high demand, with more than 80,000 plumbers leaving the field over the next ten years.

As an essential service, plumbers start out as apprentices, earning around $14 to $20 an hour, and can own and operate their own business in just a few years.

Crum says Fast Flow Plumbing began recruiting students at Montgomery County High School in March and the company will continue the recruiting process through the fall.

“We know that the growth of our business relies strictly on the young people who are graduating right now and we are ready to invest in anyone who comes to us,” Crum said.

Bradley credits his father for inspiring him to follow this career path.

“Me and my dad have always been the type to say that if something breaks or something happens, we’ll go fix it before we pay someone to do it. So we’ve been working a lot on the pipes. “water and sewer lines. That’s just what I found interesting. It’s always something you can learn from, it’s not repetitive. You learn a lot and you always explore,” said Bradley.

Jacob’s mother, Angie Bradley, says she’s not surprised he’s already taken a big step in his career, still having a hard work ethic.

“It’s amazing what he’s doing for himself, the willingness he has to engage in this type of work while he’s still in school. His father and I are over the moon. He’s a great boy and we’re very lucky,” Bradley said.

Bradley says his last day of school is May 27. He has worked almost full-time as a plumber since March while finishing his courses. Congratulations Jacob!