Summer Trades Program opens possibilities to high school students

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:49am

This summer, Champaign Unit 4 high school students who elected to be a part of the Summer Trades Program gained real-world experience in on-the-job work across various trades.

Unit 4 and Local Union 149 collaborated to provide this opportunity to high school students. The goals of the two week program are as follows:

  • To expose incoming 10th -12th grade students to multiple careers in the trades under the supervision of established training directors, journeymen, apprentices and a certified Champaign Unit 4 teacher
  • To provide students with hands-on, real world project based learning in a real work environment that may include but is not limited to: plumbing and pipefitting, roofing, painting, electrical, welding, and carpentry
  • To provide students with .5 high school elective credit in the area of industrial technology 
  • To provide opportunities for non-traditional students – minority and female – to gain work related experience in the trades.