My name is Earl Smith and I welcome you to the Construction and Carpentry webpage of the Walter Washington Vocational Complex at Hazlehurst High School.
Mississippi offers numerous opportunities and career paths for persons interested in building a career in the construction industry. All training for this two-year program, utilize the construction curriculum of the National Center for Construction Education and Research which is an internationally recognized credential. Completers that maintain a 70 or above average receive credentials, an ID card, and a permanent transcript. Many construction employers require an NCCER credential as a prerequisite for consideration for a job. High school students who are interested in a construction career or job after graduation can enroll in a construction career and technical education program. Generally, tenth or eleventh grade is an ideal time to enroll in the Construction Technology 2 year program.
During Year 1, Core Construction, students will learn the basics of the construction industry utilizing both the classroom setting and the workshop setting.
Unit 1: Basic Safety
Unit 2: Construction Math
Unit 3: Hand Tools
Unit 4: Power Tools
Unit 5: Construction Drawings
Unit 6: Materials Handling
Unit 7: Introduction to Carpentry
Unit 8: Introduction to Electrical
Unit 9: Introduction to Masonry
Unit 10: Introduction to Plumbing
Also included in the curriculum are units on communication skills and employability skills. At the end of year one, students will be prepared to perform well on the CPAS, which is the state assessment for vocational programs.
During Year 2, Carpentry, students will review the basics to assure mastery of the fundamentals of the construction industry. The students will then learn about the specifics of the carpentry trade. Included in the curriculum is site clearing, site layout, foundations, framing, insulating, sheathing, roofing, windows and doors, exterior finish, interior finish and mechanical systems. Carpentry also serves as an introduction to other building trades, such as, electrical wiring, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Students will again take the CPAS at the completion of the year.
On our Career and Technical Education - Hazlehurst High School Facebook page, we feature Construction/Carpentry periodically. Be sure to visit and like support our students.
Students involved in the Construction/Carpentry program are required to be member of SkillsUSA.
The Hazlehurst City School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.