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Jordan to Pilot Pre-Apprentice Courses

Jordan High School is one of nine California high schools that will participate in a pilot project this fall designed to help students earn pre-apprenticeships into the construction trade industries, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced recently.

As part of this pilot project, the nine California Partnership Academies will use the “MC3” program. Standing for “Multi-Craft Core Curriculum,” the course of study will lead students to a better-than-entry-level position or pre-apprenticeship in the construction trades. The curriculum includes: building trades math; labor history; training to recognize and prevent hazards in construction sites; first aid and CPR training; and an introduction to the trade industries. The MC3 program had previously been used only at the college level.

“Career technical education gets at the heart of what we want for our students: real-world skills and knowledge that will allow them to succeed outside our classrooms,” Torlakson said. “The MC3 program makes clear to students that what they are learning in school can have a direct effect on their careers after they leave school, keeping them engaged in their own learning.”

A CPA is a three-year high school program structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies integrate academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships designed to give students hands-on learning experiences. The Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy of Long Beach, launched in 2007 at Jordan, will be part of the pilot project.

Career technical education teachers in the pilot project CPAs have received training from their partner industry professionals and earned certifications to teach the MC3 program. Teachers will now design lessons to assure students are prepared for each succeeding step, ultimately building up to a “capstone” course. The capstone course prepares students for a pre-apprenticeship position in the construction trade industries or for further training in college or certification programs.