After working to customize a training program that included professional edge, trade math and basic industry training, Clark College – in partnership with WorkSource Vancouver – launched their Construction Training Program last year. The 2017 program was crammed into five weeks, but this year the program begins in March and continues for 11 weeks, ending in May.

Participation of local construction companies is an important part of the program, as on-the-job training is part of it. Participating construction companies basically hire the student when they begin the training program and are able to provide that hands-on training in tandem with the other skills being taught in the program.

Currently, three Clark County construction companies are a part of Clark’s training program – Rotschy, Inc., Tapani Underground, Inc. and GRO Outdoor.

The 11-week (111 hours) training program includes instruction in interpersonal skill building; trade math; blueprint reading; basic power tools and safety; CPR/First Aid; OSHA 10 safety; forklift certification; flagging certification; basic GPS; and soils and erosion.

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