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Machine Trades Partnership Awarded


Crown Point High School teacher Brian Trapp was recently presented a CTE Award for Excellence on behalf of the Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education. Trapp works with the Valparaiso Area Apprenticeship Advisory Council (VAAAC) to create job shadowing, internship, and job placement opportunities for students.

Mr. Trapp shakes hands with presenter as he accepts his award

Trapp’s machine trades classes at CPHS introduce students to the career of machining and teach skills students need to enter the VAAAC apprenticeship for machinists and millwrights. Those skills include mathematics, print reading, and machining/millwright theory. Through this partnership, Trapp said CPHS can place students into a local apprenticeship program supported by over 40 local manufacturing businesses. 

The VAAAC is an accredited training apprenticeship that requires four years of school and 8,000 hours on-the-job. It results in a Journeyman Certificate and a credential from the US Department of Labor. “The apprenticeship has been a part of our local industry for over 60 years,” Trapp noted. The Journeyman certification is one of the most in-demand certifications for machinists and millwrights.

CPHS is one of only five schools in Northwest Indiana who still offer a machine trades program.