RPA Students Obtain Hands-On Experience in Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Students working on the Oasis Village shelter as their final project for the program.

Nine RPA high school students are participating in a Pre-Apprenticeship program with Central Oregon Community College Redmond Campus. This is the second year RPA has partnered with COCC for this program.

“This is an exceptional program for students,” said Hallie Caron, Assistant Director of Proficiency Programs. “We are committed to helping all of our students explore their future career options, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to our students at RPA.”

The Pre-Apprenticeship program allows students to learn about and develop skills to prepare for apprenticeship programs in a variety of trades careers (electrical, plumbing, welding, automotive, etc.) The program specifically allowed students to explore future career options in the trades and introduced the following concepts:

  • Orientation to skilled trades
  • Construction math
  • Reading blueprints
  • Communication
  • Employability
  • Safety
  • Hand Tools
  • Power Tools
  • Rigging
  • Material Handling

In addition to allowing students to explore various career options and develop specific trades-oriented skills, students were given the opportunity to earn the National Center for Construction Education and Research Certification (NCCER), which is a nationally recognized certificate, showing an employee is prepared to start an apprenticeship program in the trades. Additionally, COCC has made this program Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) approved. Students are also able to get OSHA-10 certified, and earn their First Aid and CPR certifications, and students that are 18 can also get forklift certified. COCC has also partnered with the new Oasis Village in Redmond, and students are currently building one of the shelters that will be used at the Village to house our houseless community.

Additional coverage of this story can be viewed at: RPA, COCC students building cabin ‘tiny homes’ for Redmond’s Oasis Village

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