Centralia College to Offer Construction Program on Main Campus This Summer


Centralia College is launching a new program this summer to prepare individuals for jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry. 

The construction trades program, which can be completed in one summer, covers the basics of construction and workplace safety, blueprint-reading, equipment and tools, and introduces students to a variety of jobs in construction, according to Centralia College. Students will also earn their OSHA-10 certification.

Although new to the Centralia College main campus, a similar construction trades program has been available for many years and is in high demand at Centralia College’s corrections education sites, according to Centralia College. It is coming to Centralia College’s main campus only for summer, however. It will not be offered in the fall, winter or spring.

“We are excited to expand this program to the main campus and facilitate construction trades training in our community. The opportunities within the construction industry are numerous. Our goal is to set students up for success in pursuing apprenticeships and being job-ready,” said Elizabeth Lazo, dean of career and technical education (CTE). “This is a one-quarter program, so students can take classes for eight weeks and come out ready to enter a formal apprenticeship program or to take entry-level jobs in construction.”

There are no prerequisites and there is no cost to apply. Classes will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Centralia College campus starting July 5. This includes one Friday, July 7. Students who complete the program will earn 20 credits. 

To get started, visit www.centralia.edu and click on the admissions tab or visit the welcome desk inside the TransAlta Commons on campus. 

For more information, visit http://www.centralia.edu/pathways/tech-trades/construction.aspx or contact the CTE office at CTE@centralia.edu or 360-623-8963.