Construction Career & Technical Education
The mission of The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction) is to recruit, educate and mentor high school Youth Apprentices in Charlotte, NC for career and technical education (CTE) and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Embedded within this mission is for The ROC to be an integral part of a community-wide upward mobility solution for at-risk minority teenagers.
The ROC program is an accredited Youth Apprenticeship program which prepares students under the age of 18 for "entry" into full time construction work. The ROC Youth Apprenticeship program involves a combination of structured classroom and applied learning on the job (i.e. Work Based Learning) which ensures Youth Apprentices are obtaining marketable industry recognized skills as they progress.
Junior and seniors from high poverty schools on the west-side of Charlotte participate in The ROC Youth Apprenticeship. Upon stabilization, 60 juniors and 60 seniors each year will receive skills training in advanced carpentry, electrical, HVAC and architecture.
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) provides all teacher instruction services via the Career and College Promise program utilizing leading industry recognized curriculums whereby Youth Apprentices receive dual high school and college credits.
The ROC Youth Apprenticeship is designed to “concentrate” the CTE curriculum, meaning that Youth Apprentices take a sequence of construction occupationally aligned courses over their junior and senior years. Apprentices also participate in paid Work-Based Learning opportunities during the summer after their junior year. During their senior year, the Apprentices pick a construction concentration pathway and participate in SkillsUSA and ACE mentorship clubs. SkillsUSA and ACE clubs will be utilized as a foundation for construction-related mentorships and state wide competitions.
Industry employers have pledged support strong support for in the form of scholarships, paid apprenticeships, SkillsUSA mentorships, donated materials and supplies and, most importantly, permanent job placement.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) provides all transportation for Apprentices between their home school and the ROC facility. CMS also coordinates recruitment of teens via a collaborative partnership of The ROC and CPCC. This innovative recruitment process includes parent focus groups and one-to-one sessions highlighting the strong benefits of a construction skills related career.
Communities In Schools (CIS) has been part of the collaborative formation of The ROC. Now part of the implementation phase, ROC staff, CIS, CPCC and CMS are working collaboratively to provide individual tailored supports to all ROC Apprentices.