Statewide adoption of NCCER curricula benefits all
This blog post was originally published on Breaking Ground: the NCCER Blog, and was re-posted with permission.
There is a bit of controversy that surrounds Common Core standards in our country. Regardless of what side of the topic you are on, there are some aspects that we can agree have merit, such as the idea of common curricula and standards from state to state and among school districts. For contractors, it is comforting to know that hiring someone with NCCER credentials means that the person has been professionally trained based on shared industry standards. As a teacher, it is comforting to know that if a new student transfers into my class midyear from another school and has been trained using NCCER curriculum, then I can continue their training where they left off.
Whether you are a contractor who conducts NCCER training on site or an educator who delivers NCCER training in the classroom, the curricula are flexible enough to meet the needs of industry craft training standards. With the statewide adoption of NCCER curricula, California is setting a positive trend for the rest of the country.
About the Author
Jay Eichmann is an NCCER certified instructor for Clovis High School in Clovis, California. He began his career in residential construction then joined the U.S. Navy as an avionic technician working on F/A 18 Hornets. After five years and an honorable discharge, he continued doing electrical work for another 15 years before moving into career and technical education in 2008. Jay currently teaches electronic systems technician, project management and carpentry and was recently recognized as the 2015 Career Safe Safety Educator of the Year at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s national conference.