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27J students attend Inaugural Apprenticeship Fair


High school students from 27J Schools were able to meet potential employers and find out about job opportunities when they attended an Apprenticeship Fair on Jan. 29 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The event was presented by the Adams County Education Consortium and Adams County Workforce and Business Center.

More than 50 employers showcased training, career paths, and job opportunities for students in the fields of construction, manufacturing, catering, medical and other areas.  Companies that make interiors for airplanes and manufacture trailers were available to talk to students about employment opportunities.

Several companies were offering apprenticeship program for students age 18 to explore. “We are building people to be masters of their specialty trades,” said RK Mechanical General Superintendent Justin Thompson. In an apprenticeship program, youth age 18 and older are employed by a company, attend school or training for free, and then use that experience on the job.

Students from Brighton High School, Prairie View High School, BOLT Academy and Brighton Heritage Academy attended the Apprenticeship Fair.

Several companies that have built and renovated 27J Schools participated. They included General Contractor Fransen Pittman who renovated Brighton Heritage Academy; Wayne’s Electric Company has worked at several schools including Riverdale Ridge High School and now is working on the construction at Quist Middle School; MTech Mechanical worked on the renovations recently completed at Northeast Elementary School and Overland Trail Middle School; and RK Mechanical worked on building Riverdale Ridge High School. Adolfson and Peterson Construction was also at the fair; this company constructed Prairie View High School.