BLOOMINGDALE- Carpentry students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have gained certification as they prepare themselves for the workforce.
Instructor Steve Orwick said his class of 22 juniors and seniors obtained certification in OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR following sessions and criminal justice instructor Jamie Wells, which will give them a leg up as they head out on the job front. The OSHA 10-hour training course provides an entry level worker with general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards at a construction site.
“They’ve already completed the OSHA10 training and will have an OSHA 10 card for construction,” Orwick said. “When they have to go to a contractor [for a job], they won’t need training.”
He added that the certification was required for any type of commercial and industrial construction work, while training was provided by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners’ Apprenticeship Training Committee at no cost to the vocational school. Orwick said the card will never need renewed, unlike the First Aid/CPR card the students earned on March 15 during a session with Wells. That card requires renewal every two years.
The students learned various first aid techniques, such as wrapping bandages and tourniquets, during their session that Tuesday in Wells’ classroom. There, they viewed a video through the American Red Cross and practiced scenarios on each other. Orwick said the first aid certification will help his students stay ahead of the game.
“They will already have the First Aid/CPR training, which may also be required in the future,” he said.