Local company, work-study program prepare students for the future

Unlike most 17-year-olds, Mark Palmer maintains a full school schedule and holds down a job — and has done so for the past four years.

The Los Angeles resident wakes up every Friday at 5 a.m. and gets a ride to Verbum Dei High School, the all-male college prep school where he’s a senior. From there, Palmer commutes to La Cañada’s Allen Lund Co. and reports for a full day of work.

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