ATC has been very proud of its Masonry program, running strong since 2013. Masonry is a high-demand industry that provides many opportunities for dependable workers. At ATC, students who are grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in the program.
Under the direction of Mr. Floyd Light, students focus on clay and concrete masonry unit construction with an emphasis on safety. Students study:
Hand & Power Tools
Basic Blueprint Reading
Students will also learn the different kinds of masonry units and and ways to install them, as well as how to properly proportion and mix mortar. In addition, students will build individual and group projects.
Through this program, students complete their NCCER certification, which evaluates the knowledge students have acquired in masonry. The certification assessment has been developed in conjunction with subject matter experts from the industry. Students also have the opportunity to complete the Kentucky TRACK test, which is a direct agreement between the Area Technology Center and the Local 4 Brick Layers Union.
“Once a year, a representative from Local 4 will come to the school to administer the TRACK,” explains Mr. Light. “Students are tested in three areas: a written test, an interview, and a performance evaluation. If the student performs well enough, they are offered a direct acceptance into their apprenticeship program. In addition, if the student performs at a high level, they can skip the 6-week pre-apprentice stage. Since this is a fairly new program, I have had only one student pursue the TRACK path after school.”
The Masonry program is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing masonry. “I receive a lot of emails every year from industry professionals that are seeking graduates that wish to pursue masonry as a career,” adds Mr. Light. “ Our goal at a school is to connect these industries with our students. However, if a student doesn’t wish to follow masonry as a career, the program will certainly teach them essential life skills.”