(Gillette, Wyo.) For the past five years, the International Code Council -- which certifies building code officials across the country -- has run a branch of their training program aimed specifically at students.
The technical school-within-a-school allows for current students looking to
enter the workforce after graduation to become certified as builders.
Students planning to enter college to become architects or engineers could
also find the system useful as they transition to higher education.
Campbell County High School is hoping to add the ICC's trade program in the
next school year. They have the full backing of the Board of Examiners and
the Chamber of Commerce. The Northeast Wyoming Contractor's Association
through its scholarship fund, along with Contractor's Supply
, are donating $1800 to put 24 kids through the
program for the entire school year. That fund will help supply code books
(which are $25 a student), pay for exams and the certification process.
Katie Alo with the Chamber of Commerce says it'll help build a ready
workforce for Campbell County.
"Those certifications will help an 18 year old who's just graduated get a
job out of high school," she explains. "Just a kid off the street won't
have that paper saying they know not to saw through a load bearing beam."
If approved, the program would be integrated with the current shop class
curriculum at Campbell County High School.
*Feature Photo: Students at the Morris County School of Technology in New
Jersey, from the ICC HSTTP website.*
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