“If you actually want to get it, don’t give up,” said Alexis Ramirez, a freshman at Mount Shasta High School who is part of the team that created a 3-D printing business in the Manufacturing Career Pathways program.

Team member Ross Winters explained that when they began looking at their business expenses and how much they needed to charge for their product, they were discouraged.

“We had to make sure we made a profit,” Alexis said of their Dream Print business.

Another Dream Print teammate, freshman Elias Romo, explained that their business costs include designing, materials and printing.

Ross identified their target customers as people ages 25 to 35 who are into comics, sci-fi or are fiction fans.

Alexis, Ross, Elias and their freshman teammate Ian Allen created a business plan to present at the Skills USA regional competition in Sacramento on Feb. 4.

Their team and another MSHS team of four students, Reed Eckert, Gavin Tobin, Kim Rubio, and Alicia Leversen, qualified at regionals for the Skills USA state competition in San Diego April 19 to 23.

Seven Mount Shasta manufacturing students competed at regionals in welding.

Bailey Brunett said he was nervous at the regional competition until he got into the welding booth, then it felt normal.

Bailey started welding last year as a sophomore and is dual enrolled in the College of the Siskiyous’ welding classes and manufacturing classes at MSHS.

MSHS manufacturing teacher Thad Wallace said Bailey is working on his third welding certificate.

Bailey said he would like a welding career in the future. “It’s fun for me,” he said. “You see progress on something like this. If you put your time into it, it really shows.”

Bailey, David Wolfe, Nathan Pappas, Vitaliy Tveritin, Jack Borden, Josh Rosal and Seth Rubin all competed at the regional Skills USA competition in welding and are moving on.

The Manufacturing Career Pathways program started this year at MSHS with business/entrepreneurship and welding manufacturing.

At the beginning of the school year, when the business/entrepreneurship teams started preparing, participants said they knew nothing about starting a business and were surprised by how much they learned.

Elias Romo said, “We’ve learned a lot for sure.”

“It’s pretty interesting making it a business that could work,” he said about Dream Print.

More than creating a business plan, MBCP students learned life skills.

Freshman Kim Rubio said she’s learned a lot of things she can take into life.

She is working in a team with freshman Alicia Leversen, junior Gavin Tobin, and senior Reed Eckert. Their business is Illustrative Films, a videography service for weddings and other special events.

Even if they don’t ever develop it into a real business, Reed said what he has learned has given him a “better financial eye” that he can apply to estimating living costs and determining what he needs to live on his own.

Kim said learning how to “break-even” in business can help her be financially stable and balance a household budget.

In the regional competition, MBCP business/entrepreneurship teams developed a business plan and presented it to a panel of judges using Power Point. They also give an oral presentation and answered questions from judges.

The manufacturing students were given materials and project plans. They took written tests, received plans for a project, cut the materials, and welded the project in a designated amount of time.

During interviews with the newspaper, all of these students presented themselves in a professional manner, made eye contact, and spoke clearly and intelligently about their business or welding projects.

The business/entrepreneurs knew who their target customers were, costs, profits, equipment they needed, insurance, and ideas to expand the business.

Reed said it has been an interesting class because they had to figure out the economics of the business.

They learn about entrepreneurship through the MBCP in Bright Stock’s freshman survey and small business ownership classes

The manufacturing students knew safety, tools, welding terminology, types of welds and what they are used for.

During Thad Wallace’s freshman survey and manufacturing classes, they were practicing measuring, cutting and building the metal project they will be required to build at the regional and state competitions. Working in groups in class, they were focused and careful as they examined the plans, measured and cut materials.

One welding student said they are learning harder cuts and skills than what is required for the Skills USA competition so they will be ready.

Bailey Brunett was in the shop, but he was using his advanced welding skills to build a counter top for the Great Northern building.

Instructor Wallace said they wouldn’t get these kids to this level without the ties to College of the Siskiyous.

Both the manufacturing students and entrepreneur teams are preparing and refining welding skills and business plans for the state competition in April.