AUGUSTA — Capital Area Technical Center has announced its May students of the month.

Wyatt French Submitted photo

Wyatt French of China is a senior from Erskine Academy in South China enrolled for the second year in the Auto Body program. He has enjoyed learning in the classroom and then being able to go directly into the shop and apply what he has learned, according to a news release from the center.

French’s instructor, Romeo Roy, said, “Wyatt has been a great two-year student here at CATC in Auto Body. His talents are very well rounded. He is a very respectful and responsible young man with a work ethic like no other. He will do very well in the workforce.”

French works after school welding for a local company that manufactures blowers. He likes to spend time working on his truck. After graduation, he will continue his education and pursue a career in heavy diesel equipment mechanics.

Samantha Haskell  Submitted photo

Samantha Haskell of Whitefield is a senior from Gardiner Area High School enrolled in the Machine Tool with Welding program. She has enjoyed that after spending the start of the school year learning the safety aspects of the program, much of the time is now spent on hands-on projects. Her favorite part of the program has been learning how to stick weld, and she recently took the American Welding Society certification test.

Her instructor, Darryl Nadeau, said, “Samantha is a prime example of what employers out there are asking and looking for. Her attitude and work ethics are an A plus. She will have a great career.”

Haskell works at IGA in Randolph. This summer she is looking forward to pulling steers at Maine’s agricultural fairs. After graduation, she plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College’s Welding program.