The Miami Job Corps Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this past week for its new glazing pre-apprenticeship training program. The program is offered nationwide at four Job Corps centers, including Atterbury, Ind., Long Beach, Calif., Tongue Point, Ore., and Miami.
The training teaches students how to cut, shape and install glass on construction sites. Students will learn specifically how to follow blueprints and building specifications, cut and shape glass, install, use a measuring tape, plumb lines and levels, fasten glass and sashes or frames with clips, moldings or other fasteners, and add weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.
“Finding skilled entry-level workers in today’s job market can be challenging,” says Job Corps national director Rachel Torres. “Job Corps can be a solution. Partnership is what makes the machine run. This means Job Corps campuses partner with unions and local businesses locally. They can shape the training and establish pipelines to entry-level skilled labor.”
Throughout the training, attendees will earn industry-recognized credentials from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and certifications in construction safety and health from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
To attend the program, prospective students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed all introductory and career prep courses, have passing scores on all written and performance tests, and meet academic (math and reading) requirements.