An Indiana school district is kicking off the 2014-2015 school year with a new program to provide hands-on education to students interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades. With the help of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Indiana/Kentucky Chapter, 25 high school juniors will be a part of the first class of the ABC Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
The 25 students will take part in the following schedule through their senior year of high school:
- On Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7 a.m.-9 a.m., the students will meet at New Haven High School for instruction in various disciplines related to skilled trades. Then they will return to their respective high schools for the remainder of the day for core classes such as English and math.
- On Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m.-9 a.m., the students will meet at ABC Indiana/Kentucky’s training facility where they will have hands-on training and instruction.
- Fridays will be days for review and testing knowledge at New Haven High School, taught by instructor Kurt Van Horn.
The vocational coordinator for East Allen County School District, Greg Geise, will monitor the program for the district and once completed, the students will have earned one year of the required three-year equivalency to become an apprentice.
“There is opportunity for students who want this type of work,” said Geise. “Those jobs are there – employers want these workers. They need them. Through this program, the opportunity is there to have a very focused curriculum.”
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