Yuma, AZ – The Kofa High School SkillsUSA/Careers in Technical Education program was awarded a grant of $23,800.00 from Lowe’s Home Improvement to develop their Building Maintenance and Custodial Skills program and training simulation stations and provide commercial custodial equipment and SkillsUSA competition clothing.
The addition of Building Maintenance and Custodial Skills program will allow students to participate in a national qualifying SkillsUSA Building Maintenance competitive event in March of 2014.
Additionally, the advisors and students are working to transition the Building Maintenance (BLMT) Project into a state approved Career & Technical Education local program for FY15. Finally, the BLMT Project team is working with local post-secondary partners and transition teams so the program students can leave high school with industry recognized certification using the START [Skills, Tasks and Results Training] Curriculum.
There were two factors requiring Kofa to seek financial assistance from the business community. First, Building Maintenance is not an Arizona approved CTE Program and thus cannot be funded by CTE grants. Kofa must show the need and the community support for the project, so they can receive ADE CTE approval. This approval will give the project sustainability in the district, and will add marketability for the program throughout Arizona.
Finally, the federal grants, both the IDEA and the CTE Perkins grant, were cut this year by more than 57%. Kofa has had to cut budgets in all areas disallowing a new project to be fully supported. With the Lowe’s Grant, they can make this project happen and provide evidence to Arizona CTE that Building Maintenance is a viable program for future funding.
Yuma has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at 34.5% [July 2013 data]. Any additional skills, leadership preparation, and employability training that can be offered to students can and will assist them in future employment.
For more information, please contact Lorie Honeycutt, firstname.lastname@example.org or (928) 502-5502.