Many in the construction trades, including glass companies, are constantly lamenting over the need for training high school students to enter the building trades. One established training program endorsed by the International Code Council (ICC), the High School Technical Training Program teaches high school students the importance of building codes and provides graduates with an advantage in the job market, according to the ICC.
The association adds that the challenge is to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. Schools will be awarded funds to develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math—the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs.
“Mastering building science, technology, engineering and math is a must for a successful career in working with building codes to create safe structures,” says ICC board vice president Stephen Jones. “Technology includes new building materials and products, cdp ACCESS—the online code development process of the future—plan review, permitting and digital codes and standards.”
The pilot program for the High School Technical Training Program began in 2009 in Maryland. The curriculum covers four major construction fields contained in the ICC’s International Residential Code: building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical. Forty students earned at least one certificate in the four areas of study in 2012.
Approximately 200 students currently are enrolled in the program at nine high schools and eight more schools committed to starting the program during the 2013-2014 school year. Another 16 code officials or school administrators are reviewing the program, reports the ICC.
For more information about the program, visit the ICC website. www.iccsafe.org/HSTTP.