Construction work is in high demand here in Arizona, yet supply of workers is falling short according to the Dean of the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) of Yavapai College, John Morgan.
To help meet that demand, CTEC will be reopening its construction program, which was closed around 2009 due to the economic downturn.
“But now the industry is coming back, there’s workers needed in all parts of it,” says Morgan, who is looking to reach individuals who are interested in getting an education while also making money with a hands-on experience job.
Unlike most college programs, the construction certificate offered at Yavapai College has just two days of classes per week, with three days of paid work making up the rest.
“The goal of this program is to provide both a paid internship and the education to go along with it,” he explains, saying that the hands-on experience provides students with an adequate skillset to continue working and advancing in the field.
This August, the two-semester program will begin at the Chino Valley campus, but on Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm the school will provide an introductory night at the CTEC campus in Prescott.
“We know that the job market exists, and we are hoping that some students will be interested in this as a career,” states Morgan.
The first semester teaches students skills such as framing, roofing, siding, and flooring, and the second semester teaches finished carpentry. Each week is 16 hours of in-class work, and 24 hours of paid work experience.
For more information, call (928) 717-7721.