WHS Construction Pathway Offers Opportunities for Students Beyond High School
Last year, students in the Construction Pathway had the opportunity to earn two Home Builder Institute (HBI) certifications, the HBI Core and HBI Carpentry and, in spite of COVID-19, more than 25 students received these credentials. Other young professionals include three students receiving apprenticeships and five placed in full-time jobs in the construction industry.
We would like to highlight three of our 2020 graduates. Karla Garcia completed both construction classes and the Construction in Geometry math class. She earned the HBI Core and Carpentry certifications. This provided her with an opportunity to go into construction management as a superintendent assistant with J.E. Dunn last summer. She accomplished all of this while graduating with Honors, taking AP classes, and earning the leading role of Belle in Westy’s production of Beauty and the Beast.
Manuel Corrales completed both HBI certifications, as well as his OSHA10. Manuel managed to complete this while also being a star football player at WHS. He was offered an apprenticeship with Encore Electric, which is currently on hold due to the pandemic and he is currently working at Ace Hardware.
Jesus Mendiola completed both construction classes, as well as additional courses from the Agriculture pathway, was a great athlete and dedicated student. He has an aptitude for figuring out how things work and how to repair them. Jesus competed in a solo plumbing event at SKILLS USA and did very well. He has since earned 2 HBI certifications and was accepted to an apprenticeship with a private plumbing company.