ICPI has begun implementation of the Workforce Development Plan. In February of this year, the ICPI Board of Directors approved recommendations from the Workforce Development Special Committee that would allow the Concrete Paver Installer course to be integrated into existing landscape construction programs being taught to students. The Board also allocated funds to provide training to instructors who would teach the program. ICPI staff contacted approximately 50 high school and post-secondary schools to tell them about the new program that ICPI has to offer them. Staff reached out to all the schools who competed this year in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition – Hardscape Event and schools who have been in contact with ICPI and have expressed interest in the Concrete Paver Installer course.
Although 15 schools responded they are interested in the opportunity, only six could send an instructor to this first training. This includes,
- Shasta College, Redding, CA
- Alamance Community College, Graham, NC
- Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC
- Cuyahoga Community College, Highland Hills, OH
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
- College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
The instructors will review the Concrete Paver Installer Course at ICPI’s office in Chantilly, VA over two days, with additional emphasis and discussion being placed on how this material can be best delivered to the students. There will also be a dinner session where we plan to ask the instructors how to best promote segmental paving installation as a career to their students.
Based on the initial course offering it is clear that there will need to be additional academic instructor training events over the next year. Dates and locations will be determined based on interest.
Members who are aware of high schools or technical schools with hardscape construction program are encouraged to send the contact information of the instructors to Robert Bowers firstname.lastname@example.org for future instructor course consideration.