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Seeds of Health, Inc. partners with International Union of Operating Engineers Local 420 to bring trades education program to its high school students
MILWAUKEE (March 28, 2018) – Seeds of Health is proud to share its partnership with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 420 (Local 420) in creating a trades education program for its high school students.
The Local 420 supported the build-out of a training center classroom and purchased equipment needed for the curriculum. The program’s mission is to expose as many students as possible to trades, encourage potential careers in the trades and attract workers for future jobs.
Currently, 20 students from Tenor, Grandview and MC2 high schools go over to Local 420 every other week for four hours each time. Over the course of 8 sessions, they learn about and have hands-on experience with a variety of trades including: safety, basic tools, blueprint reading, pipe fitting, electricity, HVAC, unions and plumbing. The course is taught by a Power Engineering MATC instructor. As part of the program this year, students participated in MATC’s “Heavy Metal Tour”, where they were able to tour classrooms and labs at MATC, talk with MATC staff members and manufacturers from the community, and work with some of the equipment on site.
In November, 17 seniors from Veritas High School attended an abbreviated, half-day session where they spent time making frames from PVC piping and learned about the potential for jobs in the trades.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Local 420 for this amazing opportunity for our students,” said Jodi Weber, Assistant Executive Director – Seeds of Health, Inc. “The hands-on exposure and learning opportunities will greatly help them in planning for their successful futures.”
Founded in 1983, Seeds of Health, Inc. is the only K-12 charter school agency in the state of Wisconsin serving approximately 1,300 students in four high schools and a K-8 elementary program. The five individual and unique education programs serve a broad range of student needs – from at-risk to the college bound. Seeds of Health is Milwaukee’s innovative “home grown” answer to imaginative, collaborative and cutting-edge education options, with the vision to positively impact the growth and development of urban children. For more information, please visit www.seedsofhealth.org.