Academy gives students a choice in education
One local program offers students a chance to learn much needed skills while still in high school. With fewer manufacturing jobs, the recession and young people leaving the state, skilled trade jobs are being left unfilled. The Greater Michigan Construction Academy is working to change that. Jimmy Greene is president of the academy. He says he wants to give students choices.
Greene says, “Kids know exactly what they want to do. These programs are very germane to that ambition. It’s about listening to a child. Somebody wants to be an electrician and that’s all they want to do for the rest of their life – they’re probably better suited to us because when they land on our campus they’re not students anymore they’re apprentices.”
In the state of Michigan there are over 5,000 construction jobs that need to be filled. Greene says GMCA helps fill in those gaps in employment by giving students a choice between career readiness and a college track. Greene says there had been some confusion about funding for the trade school, but before the start of the school year the state department of education agreed to fund the private trade academy. Greene says the program works with over a dozen school districts providing dual enrollment classes and apprenticeship training. To learn more visit gmcacademy.org. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is filled, but will be open to students looking for entry in fall of 2018.