YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Some 250 area high school students are taking their first steps toward earning a pre-apprenticeship certificate with industry degrees, setting them on the path to careers in the trades after graduation. ‘graduation.
Students from 10 area high schools are the first class in the new building trades pre-apprenticeship program offered in partnership with the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio.
Participating schools include high schools in Sebring, Springfield, West Branch, United Local, Boardman, Brookfield, Warren, Austintown, Canfield and East Palestine, ESC reports.
Students are currently introduced to the trades and begin teaching about tool and workplace safety, tool use, materials, trades math and career paths. Hands-on activities will start soon.
In May, The Business Journal reported on the progress of the program lumber store at United High School. Construction Trades 1 and 2 replaced Carpentry Shops 3 and 4 in high school, and early enrollment in new trades courses has been “phenomenal,” principal William Young said.
“That’s a significant increase from what we would have at this level: Woods 3 and Woods 4,” Young says. “[Students] see it as something that will get them on the road.
While the Building Trades program focuses on carpentry skills, the program largely covers plumbing, sheet metal working, piping, masonry, concrete, and electrical. Students will learn the basic skills that employers look for in apprentices.
At the end of the two-year program, students will earn up to 24 industry-recognized accreditation points through the Regional Carpenters Council’s Career Connections program, says Rob Eggleston, senior career counselor at ESC. Older people who graduate will obtain a pre-apprenticeship certificate that qualifies them for entry into the construction trades.
Many of this year’s students are seniors who will be ready to seek employment in the trades this spring. All students will leave with Career Connections certificates and a pre-apprenticeship certificate.
To help start the program, ESC received a $ 150,000 grant under the Ohio Department of Education’s RemotEDx initiative, funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The dollars were used to install commercial space in the rooms of the 10 schools in the program. Many of these schools have also invested their own money in their respective programs.
To help launch the programs, CES is soliciting donations of safety equipment, hand and power tools, fasteners, lumber and work benches. Wood is particularly difficult to find due to the skyrocketing cost of wood during the coronavirus pandemic, Eggleston said.
Volunteers are also needed to complete the program from an educational perspective, he notes.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can contact Eggleston at [email protected]
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Pictured: Brielle Rose, a senior at United High School, uses a jigsaw in the school’s woodworking shop. Rose is one of the first students to enroll in the school’s pre-apprenticeship building trades program.
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