Rowdy Asbell, 18, a senior at Eldorado High School, was strapped to an emergency breathing apparatus used in coal mines at Eldorado High School Monday.
The air in the school was not bad. It was a training exercise in one of the newest curriculum offerings of the school.
Asbell is enrolled in the coal mining class taught by David Jones at the high school and overseen by the Mine Safety Health Administration.
The class equals 32 hours of training in the real world and MSHA issues a certificate to the students when they complete it. The training is helpful in securing a job, according to Jones.
Asbell wants to work at the Patiki mine near Carmi. The class is offered to seniors who want to work in the mines.