Officials gathered August 24th to announce the IKORCC construction trades program

Carpenters union apprentices will be in future Porter County schools graduating classes

Contributed By:The 411 News

Schools partner with Council of Carpenters to launch carpentry SEAL programs

A new path to work in the construction trades and carpenters’ union membership is coming to high school and community college students in Porter County.

Carpentry programs at Portage High School, Chesterton High School, and Porter County Career Center have formed a partnership with the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) and local construction firms to create a certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL) program.

Developed in partnership with the IKORCC, the SEAL program will serve as pre-apprenticeships for the IKORCC Carpenters Union.

Students participating in SEAL will earn IKORCC Carpentry Level 1 Apprentice Certification through completion of the IKORCC Career Connections curriculum, have opportunities to work and learn with IKORCC contractors, and will receive automatic entry into the union with advanced standing upon completion.

Tonn and Blank Construction, Specialty Construction, and Solid Platforms, Inc. are the first three signatory contractors participating in the program.

The IKORCC SEAL programs are aligned to Indiana Career and Technical Education Next Level Programs of Study and provide students the opportunity to earn 15 college credits from Ivy Tech Community College in the construction technology pathway. Additionally, earning IKORCC Carpentry Level 1 Apprentice Certification satisfies Indiana Graduation Pathway’s postsecondary readiness requirement.

This is the first of its kind for IKORCC and will serve as a model of best practice as other schools in Indiana partner with IKORCC to bring work and learn opportunities in construction to more students.

Story Posted:09/03/2021

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