By Shiloh Ireland
Photo,left: Barry Jantz, Debbie Barnum, and Chula Vista Mayor Jim McCann
Sixty Chula Vista Learning Community Charter high school students took part in real-world, hands-on experience in construction and drone technology on October 25 at AGC Apprenticeship & Training in Lakeside. The event was hosted by Barry Jantz and attended by Chula Vista Mayor John McCann who took part in Career Exploration Day.
There is an ongoing national discussion taking place about the high cost of a college education and resulting student debt, as well as alternative career pathways to college. So this local community is stepping up, providing students and under-served communities the knowledge of great paying alternatives and paid training right here in our backyard, bringing young people in for hands-on career exploration.
The students participated in a series of 30-minute hands-on workshops in a state-of-the-art training facility, showcasing a variety of excellent careers available in construction and related industries. Experiences included drone technology, heavy equipment simulation, framing, plumbing, and electrical.
Construction provides a broad variety of well-paid career opportunities, often including on-the-job paid training.
This remarkable workshop was presented by Workforce Connect and dynamic facilitator Barry Jantz in partnership with Junior Achievement of San Diego, Associated General Contractors Apprenticeship Training, and Chula Vista Learning Community Charter. Hula Vista Mayor John McCain stopped by to encourage the students.
This was held at AGC Apprenticeship & Training in Lakeside which is a state of the art and large training facility with knowledgeable staff with emphasis on safety as all students wore hard hats and protective eye wear in the hands on activities just as they would in the trades.
Lunch was comprised of pizza and soft drinks.Several speakers addressed the youth regarding the need of future and critical need of trades, work ethics, good salaries, and a free internship and the only requirement is a high school education and a Social Security card for this amazing opportunity for youth who are considering career options that may not be college.
All the students were friendly and engaged and they appeared to have a wonderful learning experience with their hands on experiences. Mayor McCann engaged the students, especially outlining the critical need for trades in the huge building plans for the growing south bay community of Chula Vista.
AGC is located at:
10140 Riverford Rd.
For more information of opportunities, please visit AGC San Diego Chapter