Building a Flip-top Future
College and Career Academy builders encouraged to flip-over their seat
Posted on 11/03/2016
 Dakota Pointer cuts wood for a bench while Eric Hodges waits his turn

Is it a bench or is it a table?  If you are not sure, the teen builders at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy have accomplished their mission.  Young builders in the OJT program at the school are busy measuring, cutting and assembling the bench that transforms into a table.  Or, is it a table that transforms into a bench?  

The project is part of a $500 grant awarded to the College and Career Academy program from the Go Build Georgia Foundation.  The instructor and lead teacher for the class, Coach Bo McKenzie, along with job coaches Michael Pearson and Brent Wells work with the students to hone their talents in the skilled trades. 

The program purchases the bench frames and hinges then the students cut and sand the wood needed to complete the project.  The final assembly produces a product that can be a comfortable bench for relaxation on a fall afternoon or in a moment can become a table with bench seat to enjoy a refreshing snack.    

The sale of the completed benches provides funds for the program and the school. If you are interested in purchasing one of the flip-top benches, contact Coach McKenzie at bomckenzie@floydboe.net or call the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy at (706) 236-1860.  Prices for the flip-top bench begin around $80 according to the size of the unit.

The Go Build Georgia Foundation is a program of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division.  The goal of the foundation is to educate students and the workforce at-large about opportunities in the skilled trades.  


Photo: Dakota Pointer cuts wood for a bench while Eric Hodges waits his turn

Photo: Display of 6' Flip-top Bench

The Flip-top Bench