Kodiak Construction Academy Graduates 12

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The Kodiak Construction Academy graduated 12 students last week. The rigorous, hands-on course gives a professional "leg up" to workers entering the construction field.

The grant funded course is part of a state-wide program. It came to Kodiak through the efforts of several agencies including the Kodiak Job Center. Maureen Butler is the employment service manager for the job Center.

Butler said that the job center hopes to put on similar courses in the future.

(Construction 1 "We were the …of it already.")


One of the new graduates is Hunter Roesler who talked about the three and a half week course. He said that the hands-on academy involved working 11 hour days Monday through Friday and nine to 10 hours on Saturdays. In other words, it was something of a "construction bootcamp."

(Construction 2 "Basically it was … that’s interested.")

Ruesler (race-ler) said he’d recommend the program to anyone and hopes to participate in future academies. He thanked the people behind the scenes who worked to administer the program, as well as the instructors.

(Construction 3 "Anthony K up … said and done.")

The academy students spent time in classrooms and on the job. As part of their education, they worked together to build new sheds for the Kodiak Humane Society and the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center. When they finished the course, they graduated with a certificate of completion. They also earned certification from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration or OSHA as well as "HAZWOPER": the Hazardous Waste Operations Response program. And of course, they learned how to use tools.

(Construction 4 "Aww! Favorite hand … your hands dirty.")

At last week’s graduation ceremony for Kodiak’s first construction academy, local construction company representatives were invited to speak about work in the industry. At a barbeque afterwards, the newly-certified construction workers got the chance to speak one-on-one with potential employers.

The graduating class included students from the ages of 17 to 57, and included two women.

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