Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council
Press Release

School Districts & Trades Unions Partner On Student Opportunity

The weeklong event will give students hands-on experience to explore the possibilities open to them in the construction trades and try out tasks in the trades represented while earning high school credit.

MILWAUKEE — Area school districts of Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Muskego and Whitnall are partnering with local trades unions to offer high school students ( entering grades 9 through 12 in th2019-2020 school year) hands-on learning opportunities with the Second Annual Milwaukee-area Summer Trades Institute on June 17 through June 21 from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The 2019 institute trades’ sponsors include Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, WRTP/BIG STEP (Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/Building Industry Group & Skilled Trades Employment Program), and Building Advantage. The weeklong event will give students hands-on experience to explore the possibilities open to them in the construction trades and try out tasks in the trades represented while earning high school credit.

Enrolled students will be visiting the training centers of Milwaukee Electrical JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee), Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council of Wisconsin, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Steamfitters Local 601, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 7, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 599, Plumbers Local 75, and Total Mechanical. Additionally, representatives of Roofers Local 65, Ironworkers Local 8, and Milwaukee Sheetmetal JATC will be participating with students.

“Students will explore two trade areas per day, often right in that trades’ training center,” said Dr. Gary Kiltz, Superintendent of Greendale Schools. “The program will teach students about these careers and the education and training required to perform the jobs. Each trade will also provide a variety of hands-on activities for our students.”

“We understand the importance for each student to follow a post-secondary path that meets their interests and abilities,” Kiltz said. “We are excited to be part of creating this annual experience that introduces our students to the multiple ways to support a successful and enriching life after they leave high school. This program is a way to help students explore every possibility.”

“The week shows them many career paths and students are exposed to plumbing, equipment operating, trim carpentry, framing, electrical, said Dan Bukiewicz, President, Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council. “Just find a career path for you, is what I encourage. A job in the trades is a way you can make a good living right out of school with no college debt.”

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