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Pre-Apprenticeship construction trades training program in PBC

Education is the key.
Education is the key.
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It was announced in a press release, June 19, 2014, that the School District of Palm Beach County has partnered with Florida Training Services to provide Pre-Apprenticeship programs that introduce students to construction trades such as: Welding, Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing. A High School Diploma and/or GED is not required to begin classes but must be obtained before graduation of the program. Additional requirements include Pre & Post Test of Adult Basic Education. Tuition is $90 and classes are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. based on a two day schedule for students (Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday).

Upon successful completion, students apply for Apprenticeship Trade School. If accepted, tuition is free and students are employed in their preferred vocation. The target population for this program is at-risk high school students, graduating high school seniors and adults as it provides a new set of skills and opportunities that they can use for the rest of their lives.

This is an opportunity of a life time for anyone and everyone that still believes in the American dream. This opportunity can be a vehicle for success for those that apply themselves. You can establish yourself well if you take this opportunity whether the amount of dedication to get to a successful career is car (you drive yourself), by bus (the teacher is the driver but you are a willing and able passenger, or you can take a jet plane and become a co-pilot to your educational provider (because you are astute in the knowledge that everything you put your hand, heart and mind to will prosper and that in times past, you only lacked opportunity).

With the cry for minimum wage rates to begin at $10 plus, present and future employees must suit up with the adornment of education which is the key to all knowledge. The mind must be primed. President Obama's mandate that all companies who do business with the federal government pay a $10.10 per hour minimum wage is already receiving backlash from business. While one might sympathize with how businesses may have to adjust, even to some extent re-invent themselves, but--at present, most of the people in low paying jobs are the hardest, longest working employees that have always been at the bottom of the totem pole.

Once things get humming, there will be more circulating money, bartering, etc. and then that will put big and small businesses back on their toes to make even more money and more proficiently as they will be able to demand employees with either or both classroom and practical experiences which in turn will make employees get off of their heels and we as an American society can 'rock steady' from our heels to our toes and finally all land solid on our feet with good shoes and soles (souls too) and take the lead again in the race of time and life as the greatest nation that stands in the west.

All of us in America can turn the economical wheels straight to the bank where we will not only with teachers baking American pie, but also cakes produced by new and old stakeholders in the United States can all have our slice of the original promise of receiving our slice of pie for prosperity in all working homes if we all just try to make things work!

Arise and shine for the light has come. Registration for next year's apprenticeship classes will begin mid August 2014. Graduation for students currently enrolled is set for June 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm at The North Tech Vocational Site. For more information please contact Mark Simmonds at Mark.simmonds@palmbeachschools.org or 561-881-4791.

REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, June 2014

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