IamA High School Machine Tool and Die Teacher working to train urban, low income students in a skilled trade, get them certified and into careers. Here to talk about the skilled trades. AMA!
I just finished my 4th year teaching Machine Tool and Die at a public, low income school in Louisville, Ky. We have a high percentage of lower income, minority, and other non-traditional students. My focus as a Machine Tool Teacher is helping students become "career ready" by attaining industry certifications while also emphasizing soft skills. Many of our students pursue post-secondary education options through trade school, community college, or even traditional university, but many also go straight to work as apprentices.
I see many people on Reddit who are struggling in their careers or at university looking for a change, and often people on here will mention trade school. I wanted to do this AMA for anyone who is interested in pursuing a trade, or is just curious about vocational training in the USA.
Here are a couple public events that I have been a part of:
If you have questions about careers in the skilled trades, vocational training, or just what it's like to teach a shop class to high schoolers, I'd be happy to chat!