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HSTTP: Building a Resilient Future by Training Our Youth Students from Regional Career and Technical Center at Coventry High School display their Certificates of Achievement in building. Resiliency is defined as the ability to rise up or bounce back. We come back from catastrophes such as hurricanes, floods and natural disasters, but how do we bounce back from the catastrophe of depleting our own inventory of construction professionals and code officials? Where do we start? The Code Council has taken major steps in addressing that task by creating the High School Technical Training Program (HSTTP), offering Certificates of Achievement and encouraging students to continue their education to become inspectors, code officials, construction professionals and plans examiners. As part of HSTTP, we have visited many schools throughout the country. One story we consistently hear is how students’ attitudes have changed toward school once they enter into a technical school. A good reflection of this positive attitude is the graduation rate. The Career and Technical Education report indicates a 75 percent graduation rate in high schools and a 90 percent graduation rate at technical high schools. In this case, we can consider resiliency as these students “bouncing back” or rebuilding, or taking a different path entirely. We hear stories about students who couldn’t thrive in high school due to a lack of motivation. In many cases students “find” themselves in the construction trades. We hear stories about high school students who had difficulty even coming to school, participating in school and completing assignments. After attending technical schools, many of these same students found the curriculum challenging, but also exciting. They were able to see By Jim Ellwood, Senior Plans Examiner with Harford County Government and Liaison for the Code Council's High School Technical Training Program The I-Codes: Building Resilient Communities OCTOBER 2016 | 15


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