School project on construction: now on the market for $935,000
June 21, 2016
A house in Fairfax County, Virginia – constructed with help from high school students building up their trade skills – is on the market for $935,000. Read more here on how schools throughout the Washington, D.C, region are getting more students involved in the trades.
As you’ll discover in The Washington Post article, nearly half of Maryland’s students in grades 10-12 are enrolled in a CTE course, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has signed into law a plan to upend traditional high school education with the aim of giving students more options to take CTE courses or to earn credit for work and internship experience. Some teachers are still concerned, however, about the number of students interested in trade jobs.
Virginia has been particularly effective in addressing the state’s skilled labor shortage. This time last year, Gov. McAuliffe signed an Executive Order advancing apprenticeships in Virginia. PHCC of Virginia was instrumental in advocating for this workforce development legislation, which also includes initiatives to provide incentives to businesses hiring veterans, offer student financial aid for non-credit certification training at community colleges, and redirect currently available federal funds to education and training for workforce credentials.