Building a Career in Construction
The Beaverton School District is in the process of expanding construction career technical education by creating a new CTE program - Construction Tech Program at Merlo Station High School. This program will be a magnet specifically for reaching our underserved students. The Beaverton School District, in collaboration with Worksystems, Inc., worked to create a program committee of construction apprenticeship programs, area contractors, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to inform the design of the program, with the overall goal to help create a robust and qualified pipeline to careers in the construction industry critical to community development in our region.
Ultimately, a student graduating from Merlo Construction Technologies would:
- Be exposed to a variety of trade related hands-on experiences, both within and outside of the classroom.
- Obtain certifications identified and recognized by regional apprenticeship programs in alignment with construction industry expectations.
Worksystems is working shoulder to shoulder with BSD to form these partnerships and manage the work of this committee. In turn, the Construction Tech Committee has been highly successful in not only identifying the overall framework of this new program, but outlined curriculum needs relevant to real-time work in the industry and worked closely with BSD facilities in designing use of space needs. This effort was "all hands-on deck" effort that exemplifies that WE including multiple players from the public and private sector to work together on behalf of whole Student, whole District and whole community.