General Construction Students Build Opportunities

General construction sophomore students at the LIUNA training facility, where they received four hours of scaffolding instruction.

General construction sophomore students at the LIUNA training facility, where they received four hours of scaffolding instruction.

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.

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