At the beginning of the first quarter of this school year, Rick Goyette, a general construction teacher at PCTA, issued a challenge to his sophomore students. If every one of them passed the SP/2 safety certification module and the final exam, he promised them a field trip to the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) training facility in Hopkinton, Mass.
The facility offers trainees intensive classroom and hands-on job simulation instruction in all aspects of the Laborers’ trades.
The students rose to the occasion and completed all 21 modules along with the final exam, with a score of 80 percent or better, according to Goyette. On November 17, the students travelled to the LIUNA training facility and their instructors hosted a four-hour block of scaffolding instruction. The students were also served a delicious lunch and a tour of the facility.