GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Plumbers, pipefitters and construction companies have just cleared the pipeline to create the Western States College of Construction: A Collaborative Workforce Training Program. The WSCC is reinventing education through learning, but this new school is not just a hands-on program.
“Students are employed while they are in our programs, so they earn an average salary in all of our programs is $ 50,000 per year,” shares Dave Davia of Rocky Mountain MCA, “They pay nothing for the school, they pay a small fee for books and / or supplies ranging from zero to three or four hundred dollars per year, depending on the program.
The majority of learning takes place on the front line, where employers sponsor each student. The process creates a talent pool as students take advantage of opportunities as apprentices.
“Construction does not only live up to a quality use of education, but also a promising career and industry,” reports Cora Dickey, “If you are not sure that the construction is a career that’s right for you, the Western States College of Construction has a way that you can check out the land before the first day of school.
Right now, the average student enrolled is 26, but both men and women can start right after high school. This new construction college offers well-rounded options for high school graduates.
“We told the kids that you (the students) have to do some kind of training after high school, but it could be very different for different students,” says Lori Plantiko, counselor at Grand Junction High School, “Now we have a college for all trades; we can help students with the application process, let them know the requirements and lead them into a field they can enjoy while earning a salary.
The WSCC intends to award associate degrees to graduates, as well as cumulative credentials and certifications.
Davia says that 27% of college graduates work in the field to which their degree applies. Placement is close to 100 percent for the construction industry and these apprenticeships across the state.
The WSCC has partnered with the American Council for Construction Education, the only construction management accreditation body in the United States, on apprenticeship programs.