TRADE SECRETS: Exploring Opportunities in the Skilled Trades

Course No. ED477p, ED577p

Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs TV fame, has said that we are “Profoundly Disconnected” from blue-collar work, which has led to a PR issue for skilled trades and significant decline in young people pursuing a trade. This is at a time when shortages of these workers is a pressing economic issue and college debt has risen to crippling levels. This course aims to address these issues by providing educators with the knowledge they need to inspire their students to consider careers in the trades.

This course is designed for K-12 educators who want to learn more about skilled trades and how to incorporate this knowledge into their teaching role. The course will cover various aspects of skilled trades, including their importance in our society, the apprenticeship system of education, union vs non-union as it pertains to training and career development, and how to find opportunities for apprenticeships in your area. Additionally, the course will explore how skilled trades can benefit some of our most struggling groups.

The course is designed for all educators working within the K-12 school setting.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Learned to define what skilled trades are and why they are important in our society.

  • Gained an understanding of the apprenticeship system of education and how it works.

  • Compared and contrasted the differences between union vs non-union opportunities.

  • Interviewed a skilled tradesperson to learn about their journey to success and their advice for introducing their trade to students.

  • Discussed the benefits of a career in the trades.

  • Identified resources for teaching about the trades in the classroom.

  • Applied this knowledge to their teaching role by creating a lesson plan and activities that incorporate information about skilled trades.

  • Explored a variety of websites, articles, and videos that expanded knowledge of skilled trades.

  • Discussed the integration of skilled trades education in K-12 levels.

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