What B2O has in store to prepare you for the construction workforce.
Blueprint Reading and Flagger Classes
Classes are offered by Kentucky State University and are held at the Kentucky Career Center in Louisville. These one-week classes (M–F, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.) occur the third week of every month. Blueprint reading classes are Monday through Thursday, with the flagging class on Friday. Once completed, participants can take a pre-apprenticeship course, seek a referral to a union apprenticeship or take additional classes in a construction-related field.
Pre-Apprenticeship Training and Union Apprenticeship Programs
These programs develop and enhance skills to increase opportunities for apprenticeship in one of the skilled trades related to the construction industry. Currently those apprenticeships are made available through Bridges to Opportunities labor union parters:
- Carpenters and Millwrights – Local 175
- Laborers – Local 576 and 795
- Operating Engineers – Local 181
- Ironworkers – Local 70
Pre-apprenticeship training is a two-week course of half-day sessions. Participants can choose day or evening classes. After the pre-apprenticeship course, participants may seek a referral for an apprenticeship with one of the unions or opt to continue on an educational career track.
Additional Education and Training Opportunities
Participants who do not take the apprenticeship path have other opportunities available to them. They may choose a specific training program:
- Knight School of Welding – Program provides opportunity to become American Welding Society (AWS) certified in MIG, STICK or TIG welding.
- Indiana Tech – Courses specifically focused on safety engineering and quality control.
Or they may choose to further their education by choosing one of the programs emphasizing construction and technology, available at a variety of institutions:
- Sullivan College of Technology and Design
- Jefferson Community & Technical College
- Ivy Tech Institute
- ITT Technical Institute
- Eastern Kentucky University
In addition to classroom work and training, Bridges to Opportunities participants take time to get a closer look at the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, one of the largest transportation projects in the country. Students take part in a tour, conducted by Walsh Construction, on the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville, giving them an up-close look at construction of the project’s Downtown Crossing.