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combination of carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, pipefitting, and sheet metal. Accredited through the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Training, CITC follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum and pairs students with top-notch educators who approach teaching from a real-world perspective.
CITC students hands on training.
“Our students are out working full-time within their field by day and taking classes with us one night
a week in a 36-week program,” says Gerlitz. “It’s all open-shop, non-union training, led by teachers who themselves are life-long industry craftsmen working in the field by day and sharing the passion for their profession with the next generation at night.”
Helping students see the trades as a career path through craftsmanship is an important part of the process
for Gerlitz. She notes that many students begin CITC programs with a lack of specific direction and a fair amount of uncertainty.
“We help them assess their skills and interests and then choose the trade that will be the best fit for them personally,” she continues. “Students are getting paid training, in many cases a completely free education paid for by member employers, and immediate access to long-term employment in an industry that is in desperate need of a young and skilled workforce.
It’s a win-win-win.”
Though construction is and always will be hard work, Gerlitz acknowledges the ever-growing influence of changing technologies on trade labor.
“Each of our programs is informed by real-world realities through a trade council made up of representatives from member companies,” she finishes. “At CITC, we teach hands-on skills, theory, and technology in direct proportion to applicability. The students coming out of this program are ready to confidently face today's construction challenges as they embark on an exciting career in an industry that is ripe with opportunity.” |
Additional Local Construction Education Programs
Independent Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship Program
As the leading educator for merit shop electrical and systems contractors, IEC’s apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training and formal technical instruction to prepare for a career in this high-demand field. IEC has more than 52 training centers nationwide providing training to more than 10,000 apprentices each year. While state and local requirements determine the exact duration of training, during a four- to five-year period, an apprentice electrician will receive at least 8,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 576 hours of related technical instruction covering a broad spectrum of electrical and general construction topics.
Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association Specialty Contractor Institute Serving the unique needs of the mechanical, plumbing, and HVAC trade associations and contractors in Colorado, the Specialty Contractor institute engages members in education that stimulates personal development. Training programs in Project Management, Field Leadership, Mechanical Service, and Leadership are combined with
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