Several students from our Construction and Welding programs were invited to visit a Korte Construction job site this week. Jason Weiss, Client Services Manager for The Korte Company, gave the students a personal tour of BJC’s Alton Memorial Hospital project. The 2-story, 42,000 square foot building is an addition to Medical Building “B” on the Alton campus and construction began in April of 2017.
The Korte Company has connected with North Tech in an effort to expose more young people to the wealth of careers available to them in the trades. As contractors continue to experience an increased need for trained workers, reaching students at the high school level has become a goal. Through mentoring and support of students who are already showing interest in skilled trades, contractors like Korte provide encouragement and a real world understanding of the career possibilities ahead.
Weiss greeted students upon arrival and gave them an overview of the job site. Students were then grouped by their construction focus and toured separately. Electrical students met with the foreman of Guarantee Electric and learned about the scope of work and the print reading of the project. Waterhout Construction met with our Carpentry students and shared a “what to expect each day” overview of carpenters’ work on the site. The HVAC students were shown an overview of installation work by Jarrell Mechanical and Welding students joined them.
North Tech students will be visiting the site again to see the next phase of the project later this winter and are looking forward to more opportunities to learn from The Korte Company’s generous employees.
To read more about the project, click here.