Meet the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

Meet the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

Did you start your high school day at 7 am? For the enthusiastic students of Effingham County’s CTEC program (Construction Trades Educational Curriculum), the answer is “ABSOLUTELY”!

Construction Trades Education Curriculum

Now entering its third year, the CTEC program offers high school seniors “experiential” learning in the construction trades arena. Meeting from 7-9 am, every school day, the students enjoy:

  1. Intensive hands-on training in a variety of skilled trades (HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, Roofing, Steel Erection, and many others).
  2. On-site immersive instruction and interaction with construction professionals.
  3. Professional development training (conversation and interview skills, networking, resume building, and etiquette).
  4. OSHA 10 and First-Aid (CPR/AED) Certification.

In two years, 38 students have graduated from the program with 68% of the graduates either employed in the industry or pursuing a construction-related college degree! This summer, AKRA is pleased to welcome four CTEC graduates to our team.

CTEC Employees
CTEC Graduates: John Deters, Chris Ungrund, Ross Althoff, and Richard Wente

In addition to employing CTEC graduates, members of the AKRA management team provide training to CTEC students in both construction activities and professional development. AKRA is also a Gold Level investor in the class.