In less than a year, the new Southern Nevada Trades High School (SNTHS) will open its doors to incoming ninth and tenth graders. A vote was held last month by Nevada’s Public Charter School Authority and the facility's creation was unanimously approved.
Next Fall, 200 students will begin the journey towards construction-related careers. “They will have marketable skills to support them and their families,” Julie Carver, executive director for SNTHS told Construction Dive. “We surveyed local families and found that … over 71% felt that it was important for their student to be prepared to get a high-needs job directly out of high school.”
The high school's curriculum will follow in the footsteps of another Nevada construction-focused charter school, ACE High School in Reno. Carver spent time there getting a feel for how the school operates. At ACE, students had hands on experience with various tools and machinery, were able to build houses, and learned the ins and outs of car engines.
Following ACE’s model, SNTHS students are expected to graduate with a OSHA 10 certification and other trade credentials.
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