Owensboro Community & Technical College is launching a FastTrack plumbing program for the first time in August.
The program is part of the school’s earn-and-learning model, which allows students to earn credits while working in the field. This model allows students to get to work in their area of interest as quickly as possible, according to Ceary Thomas, OCTC student success coach.
Students will be taking classes on the main OCTC campus starting August 16. This first cohort will host 30 students, and Thomas said those currently involved in building the school’s FastTrack will also be encouraged to attend.
The Construction FastTrack is another model of acquisition and learning offered by the school in partnership with local businesses and with support from the Owensboro Home Builder’s Association.
Thomas said the Home Builder’s Association is likely to be involved in the plumbing FastTrack as well.
These initiatives and others offered by the school are a direct response to community needs, said Thomas.
“We were contacted by members of the community who said it was really necessary,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of reactions to it and people have let me know they’re interested.”
The courses start with an online introductory course. Laboratory courses cover basic plumbing skills, plumbing principles, plumbing systems, and rough plumbing. Once students complete the 12-month program, they will receive multiple certificates including first year…