Students Learn Building Trades
It's no secret northern Nevada is growing fast and that means a lot of new business for construction companies. But they're having trouble keeping up with demand due to a shortage of workers.
The recession really did a number on the construction industry and Nevada was one of the hardest hit states in the country in that sector.
So, many of Nevada's qualified construction workers either moved away or started new careers in different fields. Now the industry has to rebuild and fast.
"Now that we have all these new businesses moving here, and we are going to have to build residential homes and commercial buildings and stuff to accommodate that, there's nobody to take their place,” says ACE High School Teacher Anthony Clark.
That's where the Academy for Career Education - or ACE - High School comes in. They teach building trades and their graduates leave with full OSHA certifications ready to walk onto job sites.
"We are giving these kids a huge jump start by teaching them everything they need to know about putting a building together, starting from a bare patch of land."
The Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors is also working to close the skills gap in the construction industry. They are opening up another year of their externship program.
For more information:
on ACE High School go to http://www.acehighschool.org/
or for Nevada AGC go to http://www.nevadaagc.org/Home.shtml