UBC Job Corps Program Goes Online
Like our training centers region-wide, where much of the classroom work has been converted to online in this time of Covid-19, so has our UBC Job Corps programs.
Doug McClafferty, Director of the UBC Job Corps programs, said that it is undoubtedly an unexpected technological challenge to successfully train job corps students online. “Our instructors have risen to the occasion,” said McClafferty. “By creating online projects with iPhone videos on YouTube, conducting Zoom meetings, creating PowerPoint projects, creating and managing Google Classroom lessons and assessments. We have 106 instructors nation-wide working from home around the clock, seven days a week to keep students engaged.
“Joe Youcha helped author the ‘math for the trades’ section for Career Connections. Together with UBC Job Corps Placement Coordinator Susan Field, he assembled ‘toolboxes’ for our job corps students,” he continued. “The ‘toolboxes’ contain tape measure, pencil, ruler, dry line, compass, and other trade tools. Students can participate in lessons and use their tools to complete online classroom curricula like finding radius using algebra, segmented arch layout lessons, and much more.”
Many job corps students do not have a safe place to go away from job corps or access to the internet. “These students were able to remain on a job corps campus,” said McClafferty. “They are safe and can follow the online classes.
“Other students had a safe place to go but no access to the internet,” he continued. “They will receive packets in the US Mail and can call in for help.”
McClafferty is very proud of the UBC job corps instructors. “These men and women have such love and dedication to our youth. From coast to coast, they have embraced the technology and shared ideas to keep the program relevant and our students engaged.