Donation to Help Open Brick and Block Masonry Academy

Donation to Help Open Brick and Block Masonry Academy
Posted on 04/30/2019
Donation to Help Open Brick and Block Masonry Academy

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce Island Coast High School will open the Brick and Block Masonry Academy in August when students start the 2019/2020 school year. The academy will be the first of its kind in the District and offer students a needed skill in the construction industry.

“As the School District of Lee County continues to prepare students for career and/or higher education, we are thrilled to announce a new career & technical education program set to launch at Island Coast High School this fall,” says Director of Adult & Career Education Rita Davis. “The Brick and Block Masonry academy will afford students the opportunity to learn work-ready skills for a rapidly growing industry while fulfilling their high school graduation requirements.”

The Florida Concrete & Products Association is donating $19,000 to help open the academy. FC&PA members became interested in supporting the District’s programs after the Lee BIA Build My Future event demonstrated the need and interest in construction industry academies.

“The Florida Concrete & Products Association builds advocacy and legislative initiatives to promote the industry and held a Clay Shoot on March 29 to raise funds and awareness for the Lee County Schools Pre-Apprenticeship Programs”, says FC&PA Legislative Chairman Robert Marion. “The tournament was well attended and included a BBQ lunch, raffle prizes and an awards ceremony. Thank you to the sponsors and all that attended to make this event a success by raising $19,000! We hope that not only does this greatly benefit the pre-apprenticeship program in Lee County but that we continue this event as a tradition in years to come.”

Island Coast High School is currently planning the Brick and Block Masonry Academy and recruiting interested students to join. Students in the academy can earn the NCCER Masonry Level 1 certification.

“Key community partners are working together to support this new academy,” Davis adds. “We are especially grateful for the $19,000 donation being made to the program by the Florida Concrete & Products Association (FC&PA). With the support of organizations such as FC&PA, the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA), and the Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation, we are truly helping to build a solid career foundation for our high school students.”