Although a “letter of intent” ceremony is typically held when a high school athlete announces where they will go to college, a Kentucky high schooler had his own to sign with a plumbing company.
According to WDKY, Montgomery County High School senior Jacob Bradley signed a letter of intent to join Fast Flow Plumbing after graduating this month. He would join the company as an apprentice and work under a master plumber for two years before earning his travelman’s license.
“It’s so much more than my style,” Bradley told WKYT after signing with Fast Flow Plumbing. “I didn’t really want to sit or be an accountant.”
“I really enjoy working with my hands and just with the environment and people like that,” he said.
Bradley’s ceremony, which took place on May 18, was the first non-athletic signing event for the high school, counselor Lacey Gross told WKYT.
“It’s something we’ve done many times for our athletes who are attending college upon graduation,” explained Gross. “But this is something new here at Montgomery County High School, but I hope it continues.”
Bradley’s mother said she couldn’t be more proud of her ambitious son.
Bradley’s mother, Angie, told WKYT, “His father and I are on the moon right now.” “Really, he’s a great kid and we’re so lucky.”
But plumbing for the graduating senior isn’t entirely new. Bradley has spent half of every school day learning the trade since meeting Ben Crum, vice president of Fast Flow Plumbing, at a career fair.
“We are willing to invest in anyone who comes to us,” Crum told WKYT in recruiting students to the field. “We want to make sure they have the opportunity to get their travelman’s license in two years.”
According to US news and world reportPlumbers earned an average salary of $56,000 in 2020, with some earning more than $75,000. The outlet reported that the average salary for plumbers has steadily increased over the past decade.
Bradley told WKYT he hopes to one day become a franchise owner with Fast Flow Plumbing, “if” [Crum] I see that I work hard for that.”