The Construction Technology course, open to Lake County high school juniors and seniors, teaches students the hands-on skills needed for entry-level construction positions and allows students to earn Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Carpentry Basic Certification.
Over the past 5 years, the IKORCC has donated team t-shirts for the students to wear at state-level SkillsUSA competitions. Additionally, many of the students who graduate from the Construction Technology course move forward in their construction careers as carpenters with the IKORCC.
“Some of our best students go on to work for the IKORCC,” said Construction Technology instructor Scott Ciupak. “I am actually a graduate of this course and the IKORCC apprenticeship training. I think it’s very important to provide a real-life perspective to students who want to go from the classroom and dive right into the carpentry industry. Local 599 has done so much over the years to support the students through donations, offering employment to our graduates and sending guest speakers into our class to help the students better understand the ins and outs of carpentry as a profession. It’s been an honor working with such a fantastic group of people, and we presented them with a plaque as a way to express our gratitude.”