Previously Dunbar Vocation High School in Chicago will become the Construction Trades Campus at Dunbar starting with the fall 2016 school year. The "new school model" will be to prepare students for careers in the building trades and, hopefully, provide students with an alternative to gang participation.
“If you graduate from high school and you have a tomorrow you’re thinking about, you’re not going to do something stupid today," Chicago's Mayor Emanuel said. "A skill, an education, a training, gives you a tomorrow to live for.”
The school's new curriculum, developed with building trades experts, is custom-made to align learning with industry demands. The school will offer an intensive, two-year option for students from schools throughout the city. It will provide access to the construction trade industry and the skills to pursue different career paths in the industry.
Partnerships with McCormick Place construction firms and trade unions will ensure students have exposure to professional practices.