Techniques Magazine Techniques Magazine May 2011 : Page 35

STUDENT LEADERShIP Industry-for CTE Programs BY ROBERT FORD ince October 2008, Western Carolina University’s Kim-mel School departments of Construction Management and Engineering and Technology have been in communication with education administrations, industry organizations, national and local contractors, and many other entities with concerns about the future workforce; the aim has been to develop a unique training program to ad-dress identified shortfalls. We have developed a leadership and career development training program called the “Kimmel School Construction Training Program” that gives preference to economically challenged career and technical education (CTE) students here in Western North Carolina. But it will be expanded after the initial program to meet the needs of any interested CTE participants.(This project received sup-port from the Golden LEAF Foundation.) With two years of planning, a program www.acteonline.org EngagEd Leadership deveLopment S has been developed to help the par-ticipants excel in various ways. Program outcomes sought include that participants excel in their individual CTE programs, continue their education beyond high school, enter into industry as a career choice, and/or establish their own compa-ny. Participants will receive the necessary leadership training to be successful team builders/managers and know the ins and outs of industry. This process will identify what career paths are available, and how to take the knowledge they learn in their CTE program and successfully apply it to the real world. and contractors. The campus experience includes teambuilding and leadership activities presented by the Resident Life program, and an opportunity to build lifelong relationships with peers. One of the main goals behind the development of this program is to eventu-ally offer a similar leadership training program in every state. Every state has an educational administrative body, industry organizations, related vendors, suppliers and contractors, in addition to old field hands like me, or local CTE instructors that could be persuaded to implement it. The great thing about using the Contren Learning Series of materials is the pro-gram can be manipulated to fit any CTE learning need or requirement. With support from outside sources, this program intends to offer 30 of the initial 60 participants two more levels of instruc-tion—an intermediate and advanced application of leadership training. If participants complete all three levels of instruction before they graduate, they will receive a Certificate of Crew Leader -ship. This recognition will provide them an opportunity to begin their individual working careers at a level above a basic laborer. A five-year study will be initiated to determine outcomes. It will offer the necessary data to determine if future investment of time and money is worth the effort. More information about this program can be found at http://con -structiontraining.wcu.edu . Robert Ford, M.S., is a visiting instructor at Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management. He can be contacted at rwford@email.wcu.edu. Interested in exploring this topic further? Discuss it with your colleagues on the ACTE forums at www. acteonline.org/forum.aspx . The Curriculum This six-day program provides students with a 10-hr OSHA safety course, Con-tren learning module “Basic Crew Lead-ership,” individual engagement activities with successful owners (Fire-side Chat), and specific learning opportunities with industry organizations, vendors, suppliers Ma Y 2011 Techniques 35

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