Skilled Trades Academy

Pre-Apprentice Skill Trades

Students focus on the commercial construction process in this introductory program exploring Pre-Apprenticeship. They work with experienced professionals in the field as well as representatives of local contractors and local apprenticeship programs. Here students are able to explore educational opportunities in all union trades while working on related projects.

Computer Aided Design Technology

The Computer Aided Design Technology program provides occupational and technical skills for entry in manufacturing and construction careers or college entrance in the fields of engineering, design, and architecture. Students are introduced to principles and practices, engineering / construction / manufacturing standards, and the use of references and technical information. Students design, document, and build their activities using industry leading software and equipment. Participation in a student organization is encouraged and industry software certifications are available.

Home Building

In the Home Building program, students construct a house from the basement to the roof. This program concentrates on craftsmanship in framing, floors, trim, cabinetry, and finish work. First year students are involved in building sheds, garages and second year students build a house. Students learn teamwork and participate in budgeting, purchasing, and estimating to prepare for careers in contracting. This experience has direct links to the local union apprenticeship program, DMACC and other training programs after graduating from high school. Students have an opportunity to earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction, certify in Lead Safe Work Practices, Powder Actuated Tools and learn to drive a skid loader.

Painting and Drywall

The Painting and Drywall program focuses on getting students in the field to acquire the skills necessary for the commercial painting industry. They learn the proper use of hand and power equipment used for applying a variety of finishes. Some specific skills taught in the program include brush and roller applications, estimating costs, surface preparation, and taping for drywall applications. Along with direct links to union apprenticeships, students can earn a ten-hour OSHA card for general construction.

Welding Technology

Welding provides opportunities for students to gain skills in blueprint reading, design, layout, and fabrication of specific projects great and small. Throughout the program, they develop skills in different welds such as oxy-acetylene, shield metal arc, MIG, and plasma arc cutting. Students also receive instruction on key construction welding techniques to include pipe welding, as well as TIG welding with a variety of steels and steel alloys. This course gives them the opportunity to participate in the Student American Welding Society organization.

“I like that Central Campus provided me with a practical form of education. I absolutely feel like I’m leaving high school with the skills that I need to start a career or pursue a degree in construction engineering.”
Shirley Klier – Welding Technology – Lincoln High School