Apprentices Participate in STEM Day
at Kirkwood Community College
Apprentices spend a lot of time learning – from books, from instructors, and mostly from their Journeyman. This year’s fourth year plumbing apprentices in Cedar Rapids were given a unique opportunity to turn the tables and become “Journeyman” for a day with their own apprentices – 45 middle school girls from three area school districts. These middle school students were attending a STEM Day Camp sponsored by Kirkwood Community College. Kirkwood hosts this camp every year with the intent of introducing the trades to female students earlier on in their school career and to encourage them to examine the possibility of obtaining a job in the trades for themselves one day.
The middle school students arrive in the morning and are introduced to a group of faculty and staff who serve as their instructors and facilitators for the day. The students were rotated through four modules that introduced them to a wide variety of careers centered around the trades.
For the plumbing module, the fourth year plumbing apprentices were given the task of instructing and assisting the students in soldering a frame for a photo holder out of copper piping. This included being responsible for teaching the students how to examine the specs, accurately measure the copper piping, and use the torch to solder the pieces together. Through their excellent direction, all of the girls’ projects were successful and passed the pressure test that was required to receive an “okay” on the project.
The PHCC-IA Apprenticeship program is proud of the fourth year apprentices and the outstanding job that they did as “journeyman” for the day!
Visit Kirkwood’s Stem Day Instagram Page for more photos.
For more information about the PHCC-IA Apprenticeship Program, contact Randi Malone at 515-282-8192.