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Aug 20

Masonry, construction boot camp draws students from six Inland Empire high schools

By STAFF REPORT | The Press-Enterprise


Mark Hedges, left, instructor in the summer 2021 Masonry and Construction Careers Boot Camp at the Chaffey College Industrial Technical Learning Center in Fontana, poses with high school students who completed the program. They are, from left, Jesue Adame, Francisco Beltran, Cory Michel, Juliano Plakakis, Benjamin Jauregui, Jordan Sadler, Angelo Plakakis, Nicholas Perea, Andrew Garcia-Garbay. (Photo by Bonnie O’Connor)

Students from six Inland Empire high schools spent four weeks of the summer in a free Masonry and Construction Careers Boot Camp at the Chaffey College Industrial Technical (InTech) Learning Center in Fontana.

The program, funded by the Masonry Industry Training Association and the Chaffey College InTech Center, offered hands-on training for a career pathway in the masonry and construction trades, according to a news release.

The boot camp covered basic safety, carpentry, masonry tools and techniques, equipment, measurements and drawings, mortar, construction math, hand and power tool use, introduction to material handling, construction drawings and basic rigging.

At the completion of the program, students received Cal OSHA-10 General Industry Certification and a Chaffey College Certificate of Completion.

Students who completed the boot camp are Jesue Adame, Francisco Beltran, Juliano Plakakis and Angelo Plakakis, all of Alta Loma High School, Rancho Cucamonga; Cory Michel of Upland High School; Andrew Garcia-Garbay of Etiwanda High School; Benjamin Jauregui of Redlands East Valley High School; Jordan Sadler of Beaumont High School; and Nicholas Perea of Banning High School.

The Masonry Industry Training Association was started in 1997 by a group of contractors. Its main objective is to partner with high schools and colleges to train as many young people as possible in the masonry construction trades to support the industry, according to the news release.

The association also provides apprentice programs for the masonry industry.

InTech is a regional training center designed to train a workforce pipeline for business and industry.

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