Spotlight on Construction Technology
Natalie, a first-year construction technology student from Southfield University High School, has big dreams for her future after OSTC.
“I am heading to Michigan State University to get my degree in Construction Management next year. I hope to build sustainable housing, like tiny houses for people in the future,” said Natalie.
Back at her home school, Natalie is a busy student with many other responsibilities, including being an officer in the National Honor Society, a founding member of the school Greenhouse Club, and a varsity debater.
Natalie is proud to be at OSTC this year because it’s helped her grow her skill set. She says, “I love fixing things around my house, so Construction fits me. I love being able to move around and learn simultaneously.”
Construction Technology is led by the instructional team of Jeff Bowman and Janelle Kunz. The program helps students gain skills to work in all areas of the construction field, including rough and finish carpentry, interior and exterior painting, electrical, plumbing, masonry, insulation, drywall, tile, siding, home repair, and building maintenance.
Students can earn Level 1, 2, or 3 in the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) certification, which is recognized by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) nationwide. Also, first-year students can earn their OSHA 10 certification card, and second years can earn their OSHA 30 certification card.