Teaching In-Demand Skilled Trades
Students in Grades 6-12 residing in Oakland County now have the chance to pursue construction technology classes at Clarkston Community Schools, thanks to a new district program.
The district offers an innovative construction technology pathway aimed at introducing students to skills that could be used in their future careers. Students in the program will be taught a hybrid of science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEAM) and construction skills, directly applying what they learn in the math portion of the program to their construction projects.
Clarkston Junior High School teachers Jeff Peariso and Steve Wyckoff lead the program.
“We wanted to give our kids more opportunities to explore different careers” said Wyckoff, emphasizing that there is a growing need for workers in skilled trades.
Construction projects will include birdhouses, toolboxes and gradually work up to larger projects, including real-life construction work around the Clarkston community.