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CTE's Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Program is the 1st of It's Kind for HS Students

Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) has the first registered Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship program for high school students in Pennsylvania

To celebrate, Angela Mike, Executive Director of the PPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division, hosted a kick-off event at the Carpenters’ Union Training Center on November 17, during National Apprenticeship Week

Special guest Tara Loew, Director of the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office for the Department of Labor and Industry, delivered opening remarks.  Sylvia Wilson, President of the PPS Board of Directors, Cindy Falls, PPS Board Member and CTE Liaison, and Dr. Wayne Walters, Interim PPS Superintendent addressed the gathering of students, parents, teachers, building trades professionals, elected officials, and community stakeholders.

The Pipeline Into The Trades (P.I.T.T.) Pre-Apprenticeship Program is sponsored by CTE and the Keystone Mountain Lakes (KML) Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund.  It is designed to augment CTE's three-year Carpentry program of study with components that will help eliminate barriers that have hindered application and acceptance into Carpenters’ Apprenticeship and Training program.  The program also has elements to promote the building trades to female students and students of color, to help address the lack of diversity in this field. 

The pre-apprenticeship program will benefit the carpentry students enrolled at Pittsburgh Carrick and Pittsburgh Westinghouse High Schools.