Build a Career
By ANNIE MARTIN
Like any good foreman, Greg Gebben expects his crew to do the job right. That means his workers must measure wood beams within a quarter-inch of the desired length.
And like any good teacher, Gebben expects students to correct sloppy work. That means his DeLand High School students run to the hardware store if they cut a board too short. "Builders are not going to bring truckloads of wood for you to make mistakes on," Gebben told a roomful of students. "It comes out of your paycheck." Gebben designs his in-class projects to be as close to real life as possible because he wants students to be able to step onto job sites after they graduate with little additional training. Soon students in Volusia County's construction academies will have access to real job sites through a new internship program that comes at a time when local builders say the lack of available skilled workers is limiting the growth of their business and driving up construction prices.
The school district is linking up with the Volusia Building Industry Association and a nonprofit organization that will help connect students with paid internships in areas like carpentry, electrical, masonry. Read more:: http://daytonanewsjournal.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=014c35e12
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