Learning to Value Hard Work through a Wide Variety of Professional Trades
Vocational education is one of the great strengths of the Master’s Ranch program. Hard work is highly valued at the ranch. The boys gain confidence, build character, and develop life skills through voluntary work projects, which are in addition to regular chores. Boys learn to use many different hand and power tools. When they graduate, they are conversant with doing “man” things around the home and shop.
The wide variety of trades includes:
- Brick Masonry
- Auto Mechanic
- Computer Basics
- Culinary Arts
- Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
Serving the Community and Participating in the Local Economy
While at the ranch, the older boys sometimes have opportunities to work in the local economy, exercising their new skills and earning money to help them on their way once they leave the ranch. The ranch itself provides some industries for the boys, such as the cattle and hay operations, pedigree dog breeding, and farming, to name just a few. The boys gain marketable skills and a real sense of accomplishment from these endeavors, and perhaps some earnings, which are set aside for them for their new life after graduation.
Building Skills for a Productive Future
Master’s Ranch offers a vocational diploma through Western Christian Academy, for those with a strong interest in a vocation or those who lack the high school credit to earn a typical diploma. Many boys in the vocational programs go on to trade schools, such as the Missouri Welding Institute or nearby Black River Tech College.
Even more important than the actual skills, the boys learn how to work. They get in shape, overcome their laziness, and discover what it means to work hard. Numerous graduates, after finding success in their jobs or earning raises, call Pastor Bosley to thank him for teaching them about work.