Educators and Businesses Collaborate to Create Skilled Trades Pathway
Funding comes from the AJ Fletcher Foundation
Students work together during a Durham Technical Community College HVAC class.
Photo courtesy of Durham Technical Community College
Durham Public Schools and Durham Technical Community College are collaborating with local businesses to fulfill the need for skilled trade workers in the area. The WayMakers: Durham’s Skilled Trades Pathway is funded through grants from the AJ Fletcher Foundation.
“Durham Tech and Durham Public Schools recognize the need for skilled trade employees in Durham and the rest of the Triangle,” says Durham Technical Community College President William Ingram. “We are proud to partner with Durham Public Schools and area businesses to meet this community need by training high school and adult students to qualify for in-demand positions with livable wages.”
Durham Public Schools will use the grant funds to establish a Skilled Trades Academy at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, which will open in fall 2019 and serve juniors and seniors in the Durham Public Schools system. It offer courses in construction, electrical, HVAC, power line maintenance, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Durham Technical Community College will provide the pathway by doubling the number of instructional offerings in its Core Construction Fundamentals Course, establishing new apprenticeship opportunities and expanding shared programming with Durham Public Schools.