The ACE Academy model, which stands for Architecture-Construction-Engineering, was developed by the AGC and is implemented at Kimberly, Tomah, La Crosse Central, Burlington, Marshfield, and Fond du Lac high schools, along with Racine Unified School District. The online courses have also been offered to students in the Kenosha Unified School District, where AGC, KUSD, and Gateway Technical College are currently pursuing a partnership.
"We recognize the unique challenges that instructors and students at the ACE Academies are facing while schools are closed, so we wanted to give them every possible opportunity to keep learning about construction and safety. We had almost 600 students enrolled in the ACE Academies, so hopefully this is round one of funding for this effort," said Board President Sid Samuels of The Samuels Group in Wausau.
ClickSafety, Inc. is an online construction education provider and is also a strategic partner of the AGC of America. High school instructors and students at the ACE Academies will have the ability to take industry courses such as OSHA 10 Hour, Fall Protection, Scaffold, Confined Space, and more. The initiative will run through the end of the school year with the possibility of becoming a long-term resource for the high schools.
AGC of Wisconsin is one of 64 chapters of the AGC of America. The chapter provides its’ over 650 members and affiliated firms with an array of educational, safety, legal, environmental, legislative, public relations, labor relations, industry relations, and bidding information services.