Riley Cronk - Instructor
Mr. Cronk has been a teacher with ASD since 2001. Before coming to King Tech, he taught Applied Technology at Mears Middle School and piloted the Materials Science and Construction program at Service High School. He earned his Bachelors of Science from Boise State University in 1984.
Grade level 11-12. May be taken 3 times with grade of “C” or better to advance. AM and PM sessions offered
Why take this course?
- Experience teamwork in all aspects of construction including reading blueprints and following technical instructions
- Develop valuable problem solving skills applicable to carpentry and related industries
- Build knowledge and confidence through the use of construction tools and materials
- Career focus: prepare for industry certifications and internships
Carpentry has an industry advisory board to keep the program relevant to industry standards. Students will develop skills using the latest equipment, materials, and methods of the building industry, including cold weather construction practices. The students will learn to build structures, read schematic drawings and follow technical directions. Students will develop confidence and problem solving skills through the use of tools and the manipulation of materials.
First semester students will develop carpentry skills through the building of various structures. Second semester students will continue to refine their carpentry skills by working on more complicated projects and assuming leadership roles. Third semesters students will often be engaged in internships, on-the-job training, or other out-of-school placements.
Students can participate after-hours in SkillsUSA, a program that is a statewide carpentry and cabinet making competition, and can lead to a national competition.
Credits and Certifications
Pre-apprenticeship program for Southern Alaska Carpenter's Union Training Center
Opportunity for direct entry into carpenters union
NCCER Core; NCCER Carpentry 1 & 2
Scaffolding & Fall Protection
North Slope Training Card
Spring Construction Institute (Spring break)
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