West Texas Business Helps Graduating High School Students

West Texas Business Helps Graduating High School Students

By Alexa Williams

NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - College isn't for everyone but a business in Andrews is making sure graduating students still stay on the right path even if they don't go to a university. The goal? To give kids a successful job and keep them off the streets.

GTG Automation is a family run business in Andrews. Their CEO said since they opened years ago, he's been helping high school kids who maybe don't think college is for them to get licensed in different trades.

"We visit with the kids when they come in and if you're not going to get a degree, you got to get a license, you have to get something you can hold on to the rest of your life," Greg Griffin, Owner and CEO of GTG Automation, said.

Griffin said he wanted to do something positive for kids who might not know what they want to do after high school.

"Just like when people go to college the first year, it's for basics. They don't know what they want to do and they just start. So they can start here and do plumbing for six months and decide they don't like that so they can go into HVAC," Griffin said.

GTG trains young adults in everything from plumbing, electrical, welding and even IT. The company foots the bill for their apprenticeship. Griffin said they simply rely on word of mouth or sometimes newspaper ads to get the word out.

When the company isn't helping teenagers prepare for their future, Griffin organizes retreats and Christian concerts for the small town.

"To help the kids know that there are things better to do other than tear up cars or paint buildings or things like that," Griffin said.

Griffin says he enjoys helping the youth in Andrews and providing them with job opportunities they might not have somewhere else.

"We're a family owned and operated place here so we want you to spend time with your kids so it's not all work that we are teaching them, we are trying to show them how to get through life," Griffin said.