Indianapolis Public Schools is launching a State Earn and Learn partnership it says will allow students to get a head start on a career in carpentry.
IPS is partnering with Indianapolis-based Pepper Construction and the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters. The district says the partnership will allow students to easily transition to IKORCC’s US DOL Registered Apprenticeship program directly after graduating from high school.
“The IKORCC construction SEAL program has created a door of opportunity for the next generation of leaders,” said Anthony White, project manager at Pepper Construction. “Pepper Construction feels a responsibility to empower the next generation through mentorship so they can develop the skills needed to propel our industry forward. Together we can make a difference to create a better future for us to thrive.”
Additionally, IPS says students enrolled in the Construction Trades pathway at Arsenal Tech will be able to earn up to 14 college credits towards the apprenticeship requirements, as well as earn their Carpentry Level I Apprenticeship Certification.
IKORCC outreach specialist Chris Charters says the SEAL programs will help students develop job-related skills and build networks that will help them establish a carpentry career.
“IKORCC is very pleased to connect SEAL program students with our signatory contractors and form partnerships to promote work-based learning opportunities,” said Charters.
Indiana’s SEAL programs are certified through the Office of Career and Technical Education.