Boot camp to teach construction skills |

Boot camp to teach construction skills

Sierra College is seeking qualified students for a two-week Construction Boot Camp program, to be held at the college’s Nevada County Campus from June 12-23.

The program focuses on basic entry-level skills and knowledge of the construction industry. Students will receive hands-on instruction with tools, materials, basic construction math, blueprint reading, and job-seeking skills. Industry certifications will include CPR/First-Aid, OSHA Safety Overview, Forklift Safety Training and Flagger Training.

“Increasing numbers of women are entering the construction work force and we encourage both women and men to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Neal Allbee, Dean of the Nevada County Campus.

At the conclusion of the two- week program, students will attend a Job Fair featuring local and regional employers who are seeking new hires for the construction industry. While employment is not guaranteed, job placement will be a high priority.

“Nevada County has a real need for skilled construction workers,” says Barbara Bashall, Executive Director of the Nevada County Contractors’ Association. “We have an active and growing economy, increasing the demand for new residential homes and commercial space. A career in construction offers great job opportunities and good pay.”

Individuals who attend the Construction Boot Camp must be drug free, possess a valid California Drivers License, a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and be 18 years of age or older. “Students need to have a strong work ethic,” says Allbee, “including the ability to be on time, participate daily and follow work instructions, interest in working outdoors, hand-eye coordination and a positive attitude.”

The Construction Boot Camp is conducted in partnership with the Nevada County Contractors Association, Nevada County Department of Social Services CalWORKS Employment Services, The 49er Regional Occupational Program and Golden Sierra Employment Training.

For an enrollment and information packet, call Ruth Echavarria at (916) 781-6245.

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