Building Options: Construction trades high school seed money

Update posted by Cara Nance On May 06, 2019

Learning a highly skilled trade. Earning a post-secondary (i.e.: after high school) degree. These life choices do not have to be an 'either or', they can be both.

Student loan debt continues to rise. All too often, post-secondary students force themselves to attend a college or university when they really didn't want to be there in the first place or weren't ready or couldn't afford the tuition. All the while, the construction trades industry is in dire need for skilled labor.

Another option: learn a trade so you can pay your way through college and have no school loan debt upon graduation.

"51% of college students dropped out of school due to costs...The average student now owes about $27,975 upon college graduation." (January 9, 2018, https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/51-of-college...)

"The (construction) labor shortage is so acute that 91% of more than 2,7000 contractors, construction managers, builders and trade contractors surveyed in the latest Commercial Construction Index reported having a difficult or moderately difficult time finding skilled workers." (June 15, 2018, https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/20...)

"Skilled workforce challenges continues to grow, with 58% concerned about the pool of available talent having adequate skills." (Q4 2018, Commercial Construction Index)

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Update posted by Cara Nance On Apr 11, 2019

Intentions for the school are as follows...

Students will complete all of their core coursework within their first two years so they can focus their last two years on their chosen discipline via their electives path.

Every student will take functional/applicable/conversational Spanish so they bridge the gap on job sites.

All students will take personal finance course(s).

All health/PE will focus on mindfulness where options will be yoga, adventure ed, leadership development, etc.

All students will be expected to engage in community projects using their newly learned skilled trade.

During their first year with us, all students will attend the 'wheel of options' course which will allow students to 'try on' each discipline for 3 weeks so they each have a chance to gain a deeper understanding behind each option; this will also increase their ability to enter a project manager roll in the future if they are so inclined.

We intend to use the NCCER curriculum and CTE clusters and are aiming to be located in the Orange County area of NC (Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough).

We'll have domestic and international sister schools where students can broaden their horizons with travel and our calendar will mirror that of a J-term, so students will have the freedom to use that time for travel or gaining more experience with their internship/apprenticeship sites throughout the area.

My intent is to create this so efficiently that it can be duplicated in the years to come. Our country is in severe need for these educational options throughout the country and I would be honored to play a key roll in answering the call.

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Backed with $200.00 On Apr 10, 2019

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Backed with $100.00 On Mar 20, 2019

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Christopher Spiro

Backed with $100.00 On Mar 15, 2019

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Anonymous

Backed with $36.00 On Mar 11, 2019

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Excited to see this happen!

Silvana Lawvere

Backed with $50.00 On Mar 11, 2019

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Anonymous

Backed with $25.00 On Mar 11, 2019

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Backed On Mar 10, 2019 Amount Hidden

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I’m so excited about this project. It’s very much needed in our community and I look forward to seeing your plans blossom into reality!

Elizabeth Waugh-Duforf

Backed with $50.00 On Mar 10, 2019

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More to come, but this is just the start of support for one of America's most worthy causes in training America's youth in developing much-needed trade skills. Thank you, Cara Nance, for your risk-taking and your initiative. Most admirable and most worthy.

Steven Nance

Backed with $100.00 On Mar 10, 2019

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