Statewide adoption of NCCER curricula benefits all

Three male multi racial students working with digital mobile devices in a classroom

Tom Torlakson, California’s state superintendent of public instruction, visits Clovis High School’s craft training facility.

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.

The challenge, however, is getting a school district, county or state to adopt the use of NCCER curricula in schools. This is what we were able to do here in the state of California back in 2013. What started as an interest to infuse industry certifications into our career and technical education curriculum led to conversations with state education and apprenticeship officials, which evolved into the California Department of Education becoming an NCCER Accredited Sponsor. As an NCCER sponsor, the Department of Education certified county education officials as NCCER Master Trainers who then certified craft teachers in school districts throughout the state to deliver the training.

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-EichmannJay 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.