New school seeks students for careers in construction and manufacturing – The Nevada Independent

The Clark County School District is accepting applications from students for a new school opening in August that focuses on construction technology and advanced manufacturing, according to two industry officials, who are huge in southern Nevada and continue to grow.

Gia Moore, district director for college and career readiness and school choice, said the technical training academy, which has yet to be named, will prepare students for careers in these fields by providing them with opportunities to gain experience and degrees, such as general safety training for construction sites and business and entrepreneurial skills.

Classes in the construction program will cover general construction skills, as well as basic skills related to electrical, plumbing, HVAC and framing systems, the district said. During this time, courses in the manufacturing program will focus on safety, engineering design, power systems, and principles related to electronics and instrumentation.

The school was developed with input from partners including Workforce Connections, a local Southern Nevada workforce development council, and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, an economic development agency, Moore added. .

The school, located on Maryland Parkway and Oakey Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas, is expected to enroll at least 250 students in its first year and expand in future years.

The new academy comes as the manufacturing sector is seeing a significant increase in demand for skilled and technical workers as the industry shifts towards automation and robotics integration, according to the World Economic Alliance’s 2022 report. from Vegas. Workforce Master Plan. The new jobs created through this change are expected to be more complex and require specialized training or education, and will generate higher-paying entry-level jobs.

According to the blueprint, infrastructure-focused companies in areas such as construction and civil engineering are also having difficulty finding workers. A third of these jobs are considered hard to fill due to “labour shortages and the mismatch between workforce development and industry demand, as well as access to career paths and retirements of workers”.

“So it’s our effort and to respond to that, and to put those students into really lucrative career paths that allow them to really grow as professionals, and the ability to take multiple paths around each of those programs. “, Moore mentioned.

The school accepts applications until May 2 interested sophomores across the district with at least eight credits, including one in English and one in math, earned by the end of the 2021-22 school year, depending on the school’s curriculum online FAQ sheet. It will only serve juniors in its first year of college and add seniors the following year.

Small class sizes of around 25 students will be a feature of the school, in part for safety reasons. Students will work with specialized equipment, including power tools, said Lilianna Bonderov, who will be the school’s principal.

According to online promotional information for school.

The hope is that this will give students time to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to internships, apprenticeships, or other workplace learning experiences. The school will connect students to these opportunities through an on-site one-stop career center in partnership with Workforce Connections, Moore said.

“They can serve as a great channel to connect our students as well as their families…with these opportunities and experiences,” she said. “We need to be able to involve them in what it really looks like in the job market, not just hypothetically talk about it in class.”

The school is also trying to target students who may not be succeeding academically at a traditional Clark County high school, Bonderov said.

“We are trying to re-engage them in their education efforts through this avenue of work and will provide credit recovery opportunities for students who may be behind in their credits and need additional opportunities to earn those credits. credits toward graduation,” she says.

Unlike other high schools or career and technical academies (CTAs) in the district, this technical training academy will not offer certain curricular and extracurricular opportunities such as honors and advanced placement courses, music or sports programs, though Bonderov said students may still be able to take advanced-level courses through the Nevada Learning Academy or Apex Learning, which offers distance learning courses approved by the Nevada Department of Education. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in professional and technical organizations such as SkillsUSA.

Bonderov said the school is also considering offering concurrent enrollment opportunities that would allow some students to stay at their home school during the day and pursue industry certification opportunities at the academy of evening technical training.

“Our focus is really on building job skills and work experience for students, and we want them to make sure they have that flexibility in their schedule to go job hunting, shadowing, doing an internship – anything that will give them a boost when it comes time to graduate – and then decide whether to enter the job market or further their education in one of these skilled fields,” Bonderov said.

The new Technical Training Academy isn’t the only new school the Clark County School District has in the works. The district plans to open two CTA schools in the next few years. The first is a CTA school in North Las Vegas that Moore says will offer a range of programs, including energy technologies and human and social services. The opening is scheduled for the 2023-24 school year.

The second is a CTA school in Henderson which is set to open for the 2024-25 school year. This school will include programs such as health sciences and sports medicine, and Moore said the district hopes to connect this school to the nearby Raiders training facility.

The Clark County School District has seven vocational and technical academies that serve more than 11,000 students, according to enrollment figures from the Nevada Department of Education.

Norma A. Roth