Vocational Program

Equipping youth with work experience for greater employment opportunities

The Vocational Program equips youth with tangible skills and work experience to provide a greater opportunity to find employment after leaving our campus. This programs teaches qualities like having a strong work ethic, the value of teamwork, and overcoming obstacles. 

Developing Skills

  • Real, on-campus employment opportunities
  • Develop a healthy work ethic
  • Learn teamwork and coordination in group projects
  • Gain experience in the workforce and understand employer expectations
  • Create a resume, apply for jobs, and interview
  • Learn how to manage money, and pay bills that mimic real expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, etc
  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn the values of conflict resolution as students work with their peers
  • Learn valuable, in-demand skills from food service to farming and woodworking

Activities

  • CNC Machining and Construction Technology
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Small-engine Service Training
  • Food Service and Meal Preparation
  • Mock Interviews & Money Management

PWA Vocational Classes

PWA Intro to Vocational Education Program

Introduction to vocational education

This class is offered at the beginning of each semester, and serves as a launching point for students to explore their interests. A two hour introductory class in each of our six fields of study allow students to experience classes and identify fields of interest. 

PWA CNC Machining Program

CNC Machining

Our CNC Machining class offers opportunities for students to interact with a number of CAD and CAM software. It also gives them hands-on opportunities to work with a CNC Router, as well as FDM and SLA 3D printers. Students will learn a number of concepts that will be applicable to the manufacturing and technology industries. 

Educational Credit:

• PWA Certification of skills mastered
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Manufacturing
• Technology

PWA Small Engines Program

Small Engines

Our Small Engines program allows students to get hands-on experience with Briggs & Stratton engines and specialized tools. This program is based on Briggs & Stratton’s curriculum and is targeted toward students with little or no experience. Students who excel in this program get an opportunity to earn certification directly from Briggs & Stratton. 

Educational Credit:

• Briggs & Stratton Certifications
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Small Engines
• Automotive

PWA Construction Technology Program

Construction Technology

PWA’s Construction Technology program gives students hands-on experience with a variety of construction tools and covers a number of processes for building homes. This program covers framing, door, and window installation, electrical, plumbing, insulating, drywalling, trim work, roofing, and siding. 

Educational Credit:

• PWA Certification of skills mastered
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Construction
• RV
• Home Improvement
• Retail/Hardware

PWA Culinary Arts Program

Culinry Arts

The Culinary Arts program teaches students basic kitchen skills, safe food handling, and food service best practices. Students have opportunities to prepare and serve food through hands-on labs. This class also covers is the restaurant management and pest control aspects of food service. The ServSafe® Food handlers curriculum are utilized in this program. 

Educational Credit:

•ServSafe® Food Handlers Certification
• PWA Certification of skills mastered
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Food Service
• Food Manufacturing

PWA Horticulture Program

Horticulture

PWA’s Horticulture program was developed with a grant from the USDA and gives students hands-on opportunities to plant, tend to, and cultivate produce for our Farm to School program. This food is then used in the PWA Culinary Arts program to prepare food for students on campus. The Horticulture program covers various topics including understanding growing regions, companion planting, soil management, and pest control. This program teaches students how to plan ahead, identify, and resolve issues. The program will also give an accurate understanding of where food comes from. 

Educational Credit:

•ServSafe® Food Handlers Certification
• PWA Certification of skills mastered
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Food Service
• Grocery
• Farm Management

PWA Apiculture Program

Apiculture

The Apiculture program, based on a curriculum written by Purdue University, teaches students about honey bee anatomy, hive management, and honey extraction. This program allows students to observe hive behaviors of workers, drones, and queens and allows students hands-on experience with operating the various safety equipment associated with beekeeping. 

Educational Credit:

• PWA Certification of skills mastered
• High School credit

Target Industries:

• Farm Management
• Beekeeping

How to Enroll A Student

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We Evaluate the Referral

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