The objective of this Construction Academy (pre-apprenticeship training program) is twofold, 1) to give a participant an in depth look at the various trades involved in construction and 2) to acquire the critical skills necessary for building a solid foundation for a successful construction career.
The in depth look address the trades of carpentry, electrical, masonry, HVAC, plumbing and equipment operator.
The construction skills that are taught covers two broad areas. The first is, Craft Skills which covers basic safety, construction math, hand tools & power tools, construction drawings/blueprints, basic rigging and material handling. The second area is, Personal Skills which include; relations with your crew leader and other team members, listening & speaking, reading & written communication, thinking critically & problem solving, sexual harassment, conflict resolution and substance abuse on the job.
Students attend class two nights (Tuesday & Thursday) a week for one semester at either the Lincoln or Omaha Training Center. Training is conducted in a safe, structured, practical lab environment. After completion, the participant decides which trade is the best fit for the talents they possess and applies to the “pool” to become an apprentice in the trade of their choice. Upon the successful completion of the Academy the graduate will receive an OSHA 10 hr card and be registered in the NCCER national registry. Plus he or she receives a higher score on their application to the pool for a candidate for an apprenticeship.