Breaking down barriers for students ready to join the workforce: That was the goal of an Apprenticeship Summit held Wednesday by the Clark County School District.
Not everyone goes to college, and not everyone needs to. Some students want to go directly into the workforce. That’s why the Clark County School District is working to identify and remove the barriers those students could face.
Whether it’s welding in a workshop or healing the injured in a hospital, more and more students are looking to get to work right after high school by way of getting training for technical trades.
Senior Juan Ambriz attends Mojave High School, but he also takes courses at Desert Rose High School so that he can learn skills in construction technology.
“We have the confidence, and we’re ready, once we get out of high school,” said Ambriz. “We’re ready to start learning and to make sure that there’s enough people out there to work.”
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara hosted the Apprenticeship Summit, meeting with community stakeholders, business leaders, and local labor unions.
CCSD tells 8 News Now that the five action items that came from Wednesday’s summit are as follows:
- Curriculum alignment to current needs in the industry.
- Refine messaging to provide students, parents, employers, educators, and other community members accurate information about the benefits of apprenticeships to enter into skilled labor.
- Early exposure for students to trades so they begin to consider the possibility of skilled trade careers early.
- Licensing process for trades to instruct in the classroom so students can graduate with experience in skilled trades.
- Streamlining access to the classroom for trades to provide a first-hand perspective of the benefits of working in the skilled trades.”
“We don’t have enough space, we don’t have enough opportunities for kids,” said Dr. Jara. “How do we put more time on it, so that our kids when they graduate, they graduate going to an apprenticeship and become a journeyman, I mean great jobs, great opportunity for kids.”
Those opportunities include the thousands of valley construction jobs, which is something Ambriz wants in on.
“Get to know them now, so we could start working something out,” Ambriz said.
Dr. Jara says his immediate goal is making sure all the students graduating this year get the support they need before heading into the workforce. He also said another big part of breaking down those barriers is funding. He says leveraging local, state and federal money properly will allow students to get the training they need to succeed.