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    Construction Trades Event Gives Students a Hands-on Experience
    Posted on 06/12/2018
    A student uses a wheelbarrow to cart cement blocks at the try a trade event.

    Students Learn About Construction Trades Career Pathways at the R3 2018 Build Your Future Construction Experience

    The skies were clear and the air was crisp as representatives from local trade unions, apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, construction companies, community partners and public agencies set up their hands-on stations at Rainier Beach High School. The Seattle Skills Center, in partnership with R3 Community Services, hosted a “Try-A-Trade” event on June 5, 2018.

    A generous donation of time and funds from R3 Community Service brought students and trade professionals together in an open setting. At the event, students learned about potential career pathways, training, summer jobs and internships. Each station was set up to be interactive and hands on, where construction activities such as pipe bending, concrete/plaster design and bridge building awaited them.

    The Seattle Skills Center's advanced career and technical education is available to all Seattle Public Schools students. For school year courses, students must be 16 years old by the date the course begins and summer courses are open to all incoming 9th through 12th graders. In addition to the courses offering high school credit and college credit, students can earn industry-recognized certification in many of the courses.

    Rick Dimmer and Skills Center staff pose for a photo at the event.“It’s an honor to work with the students,” said Rick Dimmer, founder and executive director of R3 Community Services. “They are facing different challenges from what we had to overcome. We work with construction trades, the CTE [Career and Technical Education] teachers and the Seattle Skills Center to help students see the possibilities of a successful career in the construction trades. Joining the trades give these students the opportunity to earn a family-livable wage, earn college credit, earn a pension and benefits for themselves and families and help build amazing buildings and structures that will last hundreds of years.”

    Student and tradespeople gather together at the event.For students like Giovanni, a senior at Rainier Beach High School, the Seattle Skills Center gave him the opportunity to learn more about aerospace manufacturing and technology. “I first heard about the program when I heard Mr. Golosman [principal at Seattle Skills Center] speak about it, so I decided to sign up,” reflected Giovanni. “What I liked most was the hands-on aspect of it. You apply what you learned in the classroom because you can go out in the shop and try it for yourself. It may feel slow in the beginning, but if you just stick with it, you will become better at it and have fun.”

    Giovanni recommends, “Incoming juniors should explore it, and coming to events like “Try-A-Trade” is a perfect opportunity to ask questions to decide if it’s right for you.”

    Giovanni will be celebrating his accomplishments along with his peers on June 19 at the Rainier Beach High School graduation ceremony. He plans on taking some much-needed time to recharge before he begins his first day as a technician at S3 Maritime next month.

    Learn more about R3 Community Services, one of our many community partners.

    For interested students, the Seattle Skills Center and the CTE Program will be offering classes this summer. Enroll for summer and school year courses on the Seattle Skills Center website.