Castle Park High School in Chula Vista offers an industrial arts program to its students featuring courses including “Introduction to Construction” and “Introduction to Construction Plumbing.” Both classes provide entry-level training and exposure to residential and commercial construction in the building trades.
Students learn to use hand and power tools, as well as proper safety practices. Classroom demonstrations and jobsite visits from professionals in the construction industry are an important way to share careers in construction with students.
BPI Plumbing, a veteran-owned business and ABC San Diego member, is proud to call Chula Vista home and works to inspire students to consider careers in plumbing. BPI Plumbing owner Alex Galicia and his entire team have been actively involved with Castle Park High School’s industrial arts program through classroom instruction support, plumbing career overviews, providing static displays (vehicles and tools) and ride alongs. In 2012, BPI Plumbing was recognized by the Sweetwater Union High School District and by the San Diego County Board of Education for its contribution to Castle Park High School.
Construction based industrial arts programs in local high schools are a critical tool to address the need for a skilled workforce. According to Manpower Group’s 2015 Talent Shortage survey, the most challenging career area to find qualified employees in the United States is skilled craft workers. This is the sixth year in a row that skilled craft workers has topped Manpower’s list.
By continuing to support local high school programs like the one at Castle Park, companies like BPI Plumbing can help to grow the workforce and provide exceptional career paths for high school students to consider following.