By: Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent BCIT and BCSSSD
National Apprentice Week: BCIT West Hosts Apprenticeship Career Expo
As part of the celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, and keeping with the tradition begun last year at the BCIT Medford Campus to recognize the importance of apprenticeships and the building trades, BCIT West hosted the Expo on November 14, 2018 as we alternate locations each year.
BCIT provides more than 30 Career Majors among which two were added within the last three years: Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication and the School of Construction Technology.
The event featured some of the best from the unions from the area and across the state to engage BCIT students in an exploration of trades from bricklaying to virtually working cranes or heavy equipment among other displays and interactive stations. The following unions were represented:
Union Local 825 Training Center-Operating Engineers
Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters
Construction Craft Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Fund of NJ and Del.
BAC/ADC of New Jersey Bricklayers
Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton
Rowan College Burlington County Workforce Development Institute
New Jersey Carpentry Training Center
The event highlighted the value of apprenticeships and the trades as an outstanding option for high school graduates and adults. There are so many positions to fill with the type of skills students develop at BCIT where students earn an industry credential which can then be put to work as an apprentice.
At the Expo were a few of our middle schools present to gain the experience of getting up close and personal with many trades. We are grateful to our union shops and business partners who agreed to share their talents with the BCIT community. It was an informative, interactive and fun day.