Montana Schools Embrace Career Connections
High School carpentry students in Montana are building strong futures as Union Carpenters with direct entry into apprenticeship.
The UBC’s Career Connections curriculum is developed for high school students, teaching all levels of the carpentry craft.
The program prepares students for a carpentry career with an emphasis on goal setting, the importance of a positive attitude, and teamwork so they can succeed within the union. Schools across North America have adopted the curriculum, which provides students direct entry into a UBC apprenticeship program upon graduating high school.
The feedback from construction technology instructors has been overwhelmingly positive and is in favor of using the UBC curriculum in their schools.
- Hellgate High School in Missoula, Arlee High School, and Lockwood High School in Billings have all recently adopted the Career Connections curriculum.
- The Great Falls School District is currently utilizing a portion of the program and is looking to implement the full program soon.
- Three High Schools in Montana are using 100% of the Career Connections curriculum for its students.
- More than 20 high Schools throughout the state have shown interest in adopting the program.
Arlee High School is the first Tribal “Career Connections school” in Montana. Council representatives, Derek Hitt and Riley McCauley have been working hard to provide educational resources on tribal lands.
Arlee School District has purchased “Project Book One” of the Career Connections curriculum to start transitioning their new shop teacher into the program.