MICHIGAN CITY | Leaders from the La Porte County Career and Technical Education program, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, Ivy Tech Community College, and Michigan City Area Schools announced a new partnership today that will provide expanded opportunities for area high school students studying Construction Technology at the A. K. Smith Area Career Center.
The Construction Technology program is the first in the state of Indiana to pilot a new “Career Connections” curriculum developed by the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund (JATF), a program of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. The program combines hands-on carpentry projects with “soft skills” such as decision making, goal-setting, and other employability skills. Students successfully completing the two-year course earn 14 dual college credits through Ivy Tech and fulfill requirements of six months of the Carpenters’ apprenticeship training program. They are also eligible for direct entry into the four-year Carpentry apprenticeship.
The new Career Connections curriculum supplements current units of study in the Construction Technology program, which include carpentry, plumbing, heating, masonry, drywall, roofing, insulation, electricity, interior decorating, and finishing.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for the students of LaPorte County,” said Audra Peterson, Director of LaPorte County Career and Technical Education. “The program combines rigorous instruction with hands-on opportunities to learn from experts working in the field.”
“This is a win-win for area employers,” said Joe Coar, Vice President of Tonn and Blank Construction, who serves on the EDCMC Education Task Force that helped to facilitate the partnership. “There has been a shortage of qualified applicants for the Construction Apprenticeship program in recent years. This will guarantee that area graduates have the background they need to enter the profession.”
Parents and students interested in learning more about the Construction Technology program (and the 15 other career tracks offered through the La Porte County CTE Program ) are invited to attend an Open House on Wednesday, November 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the A. K. Smith Career Center, 817 Lafayette Street, Michigan City.