What are the qualifications for being a member of the Trade Skills Academy?
We’re looking for students who have some experience with construction or woodworking, either on their own or through a class or organization. But more importantly, we’re looking for students who love to use their hands to build things; kids who love to take things apart and see how they work, who hang around and watch when the electrician visits to fix a bad fixture. We want students who are serious about the trades as a career choice and want to get started now.
Will it cost us anything to attend?
Absolutely not. We are a school-within-a-school, part of MTS High School, a public charter school, funded by the state and federal government.
What about academics?
Students in Trade Skills are expected to be leaders in academics, behavior, and school attendance. We expect good grades, exemplary behavior, and quality attendance from our students. Student academics are monitored closely by our coordinator and staff members and if a student is struggling or falling behind, we catch it quickly and immediately work with him/her to bring them back up to an acceptable level of performance.
Are their opportunities for students to work at a job or an internship?
Getting students involved with real-world jobs, working alongside career tradespeople, and giving them important experiences to add to their resume is are some of our top priorities. We work with Tree Trust, and a host of other community and educational organizations to get our students into the field. In some cases, students can earn wages as they gain experience and credits toward graduation.
How do I apply?
Fill out the online application and you will be contacted by one of our staff members. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email or call any of our staff.