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Emitt Academy students celebrate their hard work and technical skills at annual party

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Rockford high school students are learning skills that could land them high-paying and in-demand jobs.

Jefferson High School's Emitt Academy hosted a block party Saturday afternoon.

Emitt stands for engineering, manufacturing, industrial and trades technology. The event is meant to promote these skills with fun hands-on games organized by students, and to celebrate project they've worked on by putting them on display.

The academy has about 300 students, and they're all considering future careers in the trades.

"Kids have different skills, but it fits what they're interested in," said John Rossato, the principal of Emitt Academy. "Not every kid is into the books, but this gives them an opportunity."

Thanks to the academy, many of these students get certified in high school and go right into the workforce.

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