2023 started fast at Skilled Trades with the inaugural high school “Jump Start” program. Classes began on January 5th with morning and afternoon sessions involving high school seniors from three Tuscaloosa City High Schools – Central, Bryant and Northridge.
This new endeavor began after the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Skilled Trades finalized an agreement on November 14, 2022 to expand workforce skills training for high school seniors using the award-winning “Jump Start” pre-apprenticeship program.
The nine-week classes will provide training in the construction trades leading to potential employment upon graduation. Classes are being held five days a week at the Skilled Trades Training Center, with one two-hour morning session and another two-hour session in the afternoon.
This new initiative will provide high school seniors in the area with real opportunity to participate in a credentialed pre-apprenticeship program that can lead to employment as well as eligibility for the Skilled Trades apprenticeship programs.