Skilled Trades Academy

Skilled Trades Academy



In the Carpentry program students concentrate 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.


The Electrical Program at Central Campus will provide students with the knowledge, hands-on skills, and attitude needed to begin their career in the commercial or residential electrical industry. Students will learn about electricity, common trade terms, and gain skills in reading blueprints.  Additionally, students will practice with and learn the safe and proper use of working with common electrical tools, equipment, devices, and wiring.  There will be a focus placed on performing and completing tasks in a precise, craftsman like manner. Students will be given the opportunity to tour and work with local electrical apprenticeships and local industry leaders, providing a path toward a successful career in the electrical industry.


HVAC and Plumbing

The Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)/Plumbing class will be a semester of plumbing followed by a semester of HVAC. Each semester will provide basic knowledge of each field. The class will focus on hands-on skills (piping,wiring,soldering,brazing,sheet metal, etc.) The primary goal of the class is to generate interest in pursuing career areas and provide students with the knowledge to jump right into a career. There will be opportunities to interact with industry leaders and tradesmen to expose the students to career experiences, answer questions, as well as working on projects outside of the classroom. HVAC and Plumbing are high demand fields and job growth is projected to be great in the future. Over the course of the year, students will earn 2 credits through DMACC and 2 credits through ICCC.



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


Seth Blind

Carpentry Instructor

Kerry Manus

Welding Instructor

Chad Donahue

Welding Instructor

Danille Kesteloot

Building Associate

Trevor Zielinski