This is a long one guys…
I just read in todays paper where a local high school has sort of canned its woodshop program and replaced it with a 4 year construction program designed in conjunction with the BIA. The students get the basics math, chemistry, english, history ect. and taught by a ex contractor turned teacher. The article states ( A RT readrs digest version of selected paragraphs)
” Part of the reason was a lack of enthusiasum for the trades. Students responded to a career survey “Of the 250 careers identified construction came in second to last” said Robertson , a senior vice president at California Pacific Homes. “The only group below was construction was farming”. Coincidentally, Jan Billings superntendant of Anaheim Unified School District was looking for a way to revive Katella High Schools out daed wood shop program. School Officials jumped at the opportunity to partner with BIA in a construction-trades academy.”
” Program officials considered themselves lucky in finding John Puckett 36, a former general contractor who turned to teaching- to be the instructor. “I had seen the need for skilled labor-it was becoming almost non exsistent. I was getting guys who couldnt even read a tape measure, said Puckett” recalling one of the reasons for his career change.”
At Katella Pucket works with 4 instructors who teach core classes in science, math, business, history, English and drafting. The building academy has about 90 students this year about 1/3 who have returned for their second year.
Pucket said its fun watching formerly uninterested students who often asked “Why do I have to know algebra or geometry or trigonmetry?” Then students are given a building academy assignment to determine the volume of concrete needed to fill a cylinder for a caison. “Thats when they get it”.
They also learn, plumbing, electrical,heating-ventilation.
Anyway I found this in the business section of the Orange County Register. I dont know if they have the article online but the kink is www.ocregister.com.
I dont know why other schools dont do something simular.
Think it is a great idea not only to fill a need but as a way for kids to learn something practicle that they can use after HS. That means be immediately employable.
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