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.


Civil Engineering and Architecture

Civil Engineering and Architecture emphasizes improving our world through thoughtful building design and development! Students learn the fundamentals of building design, site design, and development. They will apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects; and document their work using 3D architectural BIM design (Revit) software. Students interested in architecture, civil engineering & technology, construction engineering & technology, construction management, structural engineering, and environment engineering should consider this course.


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.



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.

Skill Trades Apprentice

The Pre-Apprenticeship program introduces students to the Skilled Trades Career opportunities available in the construction process. Students will learn about basic hand and power tools used on construction sites as well as different phases of the building construction process,terms,and methods of construction. They will then apply this knowledge through construction opportunities both in the classroom and in the community. Second semester will focus on maintenance and repair skills within established construction. Students will learn how to trouble shoot and repair equipment.They will have the opportunity to earn a Certified Maintenance Apartment Technician certificate and they may have the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship.


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