Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Parent to Parent: Construction Class
Many students aren't sure what to do after high school. Jobs are scarce and college isn't an option for everybody. But a new local program is giving teens more choices. 7's Lynn Martinez shows us in tonight's Parent to Parent.
The lightbulb is about to go on for these teens.
Joshua Agriesti: "It's going to go up through a switch, and it's going to operate a light."
This group from the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County is in training.
Joshua Agriesti: "We're teaching them the basics of the electrical trade."
It's a hands-on lesson from instructors at Theassociated Builders and Contractors Institute.
Peter Dyga: "Associated Builders and Contractors has been for decades the largest single provider of apprenticeship training in South Florida."
The two organizations decided to come together to give young people an opportunity to create a successful career path.
Brian Quail: "Today in America 60 percent of the jobs will require some type of post high school certification."
The majority of Boys and Girls Club kids are being raised by single parents. Many won't get the chance to go to college.
This four week apprenticeship program offers them real training for a career in the construction field.
Peter Dyga: "A graduate apprentice in our program or any other program like ours makes more than someone with a bachelor's degree or master's degree."
16-year-old Akeria earned her 120-hour certification and says she's learned a lot.
Akeria Forbes: "The single powered switch and I learned more math then when I was in the classroom."
Ricky says the experience has given him a great sense of accomplishment.
Ricky Smith: "I fixed the door in my bathroom with the tools they let me have, and then I was like showing off."
The best part? Once all the hard work is done, students can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they know they can do anything they set their mind to.
"Ricky Smith: To be something you want to be you have to do something you never did."
This summer was the first year for the program. They hope to expand it and are already taking applicants for next year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Boys & Girls Club of Broward County:
Tel: (954) 537-1010
Associated Builders & Contractors Institute: