A Growing Industry
The trades are among the fastest growing industries in the country. A significant number of construction workers are retiring at a time when construction projects are on the rise.
At MHS, the uptick in construction careers is reflected in the expanded curriculum of the Construction/Carpentry pathway. While students have long been equipped with the fundamental skills required of a residential carpenter to frame and finish a house, they are now also getting hands-on HVAC, electrical, and plumbing experience.
Students participate in all phases of the on-site construction of a staff home on the school’s campus. The national trend of more women joining the construction industry also is apparent in Milton Hershey School’s Construction/Carpentry pathway where more female students than ever are developing the skill set and training to lead careers in construction.
All students in the pathway graduate with the confidence and ability to secure industry jobs with family-sustaining wages. They also develop lifelong skills that will enable them to maintain their own homes in the future.
“I want to do residential remodeling. I love that women are empowering themselves to get into this field. I’m further than I ever thought I could be.”
Jasmine McGinnis ’19
Setting Students Up for Success
Through hands-on learning, students have opportunities to construct homes on campus and gain ownership of technical projects.
- Building frames and walls
- Installing electrical circuits
- Working with tools and machinery
Future Career Options
- Construction manager
- 7 Industry-recognized certifications
- Career Safe® 10 Hour Construction Industry Course
- NCCER Construction Technologies