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Haines School District partners with UAS for intensive construction technology course providing workforce credentials and dual credit to high school students

Designed for students to start and complete within one week’s time, the courses took place October 21 through 25.

Juneau, Alaska

Date of Press Release: November 20, 2019

The University of Alaska Southeast School of Career and Technical Education (UAS CTE) has been working with superintendent, Dr. Roy Getchell, to develop opportunities for high school students in Haines to participate in university courses in order to earn dual credit along with workforce credentials. Executive dean Pete Traxler spearheaded the development of new Construction Technology credited intensives this fall that met this need, with the help of workforce development coordinator Lindy Carroll.

Designed for students to start and complete within one week’s time, the courses took place October 21 through 25. The series included three one-credit courses: “Introduction to Construction,” taught by Robin Gilcrist, “Tools and Materials,” taught by Pete Traxler, and “Construction Safety,” with instructor Justin Fantasia.

Six students traveled to Juneau to complete the intensive. Upon completion they received NCCER credentials (National Center for Construction Education and Research), as well as an OSHA 10 Certificate. OSHA 10 is a 10-hour construction training that includes training in the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. NCCER is the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for professionals in the construction and maintenance craft fields.

Traxler commented on the success of the week-long program. He notes that the juniors and seniors from Haines were bright and excited to be at class. UAS CTE and Dr. Getchell are now looking at creating new intensive opportunities each semester in more career education fields.

Lindy Carroll remarked, “It was great to work with Roy. He is an innovative thinker, and willing to put the work in to provide HBSD students advanced educational opportunities. This student group traveled to our campus, stayed in our wonderful freshman dorms, registered and completed three accredited courses. I can't think of a better introduction to our campus here in Juneau.” Funding for the project was provided by the Haines Borough School District, UAS and the University of Alaska Foundation.

Find out more about UAS Career and Technical Education courses or call the school at (907) 796-6120.

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Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
(907) 796-6509