CCK hosted college and apprenticeship visits in March

Our College & Career Knowledge (CCK) program has had a busy month in March, with visits to Penn State Greater Allegheny and two apprenticeship training centers.

Groups of students from Clairton, McKeesport Area and Steel Valley High Schools spent a half at Penn State Greater Allegheny touring the campus and peppering staff and college students with questions about everything from what to expect on tests to how to get help when you’re finding courses or tests too difficult.

On visits to apprenticeship training centers run by the Bricklayers & Allied Crafts and the Operating Engineers of Western Pennsylvania, students from Lawrence County Career & Technical Center and McKeesport Area, Monessen and Steel Valley high schools tried their hands at laying bricks and running heavy equipment.

At the training centers, students and media learned that a construction boom in southwestern Pennsylvania is expected to dramatically increase demand for apprentices, opening more opportunities for interested students.

Stories in the Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review and on WESA discussed a confluence of factors, including Baby Boom retirements, that is causing many of the region’s 16 apprenticeship programs to double or triple the size of their classes over the coming decade.

Photos below capture some scenes from the Operating Engineers and Bricklayers training centers and Penn State Greater Allegheny.

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