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A visit to the Southeast Michigan Construction Academy

On May 29, 2024, 9th to 11th grade students from Central High School toured the Southeast Michigan Academy in Madison Heights, Michigan. This field trip, sponsored by the Detroit College Area Network (DCAN), aimed to expose students to various skilled trade positions in Electrical, Construction, Welding, and Carpentry.

Instructors from the academy guided the students through different stations, providing in-depth explanations of each trade. Students observed how to prepare wires for circuit breakers, switches, and more. One instructor explained how students could earn their journeyman license by working as apprentices, taking classes, and earning money until they pass the required test.

The welding station offered students an incredible experience, with an instructor giving a live demonstration on applying heat or pressure to join objects. Another instructor engaged the students in a Jeopardy-style game using a custom-built buzzer with lights and switches, mimicking the components used in the television game show. Additionally, students played a game on iPads where they had to locate objects in a home, which was similar to computer coding.

This field trip provided students with valuable insights and a lot to think about regarding their future career paths, whether in college or skilled trades. The experience was greatly appreciated, and CHS students will likely make well-informed decisions when the time comes. A big thank you to Detroit College Area Network and the Southeast Michigan Academy for this worthwhile experience!

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