Career Training

In addition to academic training, Columbia Basin provides career technical training in several vocational trades.

Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training. All students who enter in Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, or Construction career technical training areas will train in a variety of green subject areas. These career areas are marked below with a green tree icon Green trade.

Building Maintenance

Facilities maintenance student laying pipe in a ditch

The Building Maintenance program trains students in applied math; general carpentry; concrete and masonry maintenance; surface finishing and sealing; plumbing maintenance; electrical maintenance; heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems maintenance; building safety systems maintenance; and grounds maintenance. Students also receive hands-on training at work-based learning sites.

Graduates completing this program at the Helper level will be given $100 worth of tools. Graduates completing at the Technician level will receive $200 worth of tools. All graduates of this program will have the skills to work in apartment maintenance, industrial maintenance, machine and facilities maintenance (such as hospitals, schools, or office buildings), and agricultural maintenance.

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Business Technology

The Business Technology program includes training in Windows-based programs (such as Microsoft Office), business English and math, alpha and numeric key padding, basic bookkeeping and accounting skills, and receptionist and office procedures. Students also receive hands-on training at a work-based learning site.

Students in this program can earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications and Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) certificates. Students can also earn free college credit through Tech Prep and Big Bend Community College.

Graduates of this program can work in a wide variety of jobs, such as data entry clerks, office assistants, receptionists, mail room clerks, and accounting clerks/bookkeepers.

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Carpentry

Carpentry student at a work site

Students in the Carpentry program learn about fundamental construction techniques in framing, form building, roofing, drywall, joists and sub-floors; safe use of hand and power tools; math computations; and blueprint reading. Students also receive hands-on training at work-based learning sites.

Graduates of this program will have all the skills necessary to compete as a First Period Apprentice. They will also be given the highest priority into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Apprenticeship Program. Graduates will also receive $400 worth of hand tools and a toolbox to get them started in their trade.

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Cement Masonry

Cement masonry student smoothing out fresh concrete

In the Cement Masonry program, students learn about fundamental cement masonry theory, blueprint reading, subgrade and surface preparation methods, mixing and pouring cement, and finishing and repairing techniques. Students also learn how to safely use a variety of equipment associated with this trade. Students also receive hands-on training at work-based learning sites.

Graduates of this program will have all the skills necessary to compete as a First Period Apprentice. They will also be given the highest priority into the International Union of Plasters and Cement Masons Union Apprenticeship Program. Graduates will also receive all the necessary tools for their trade, worth approximately $500.

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Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program trains students in food preparation, kitchen safety and sanitation, inventory, ordering, dining room set-up and serving techniques, catering, and all aspects of appropriate etiquette in a foodservice environment. Students also receive hands-on training at a work-based learning site.

Students in this program can test for Grant County Health District Food Handler's Licenses as well as Serve Safe Certifications.

Graduates of this program receive a knife set and case, worth approximately $125. They will also have the skills to work at restaurants, hospitals, assisted care facilities, school districts, hotels, and even cruise ships.

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Networking

Students in the Networking program learn the skills needed to work as computer technicians and network administrators. Training includes assembling and configurating computers, installing/troubleshooting operating systems and software, and learning basic office procedures. Students also receive hands-on training at a work-based learning site.

Students in this program can earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications. They may also complete the first two modules of the CISCO Program, towards eventual full CISCO Certification. Individual module certification is transferable to any other academy.

Networking program students can earn free college credit through Tech Prep and Big Bend Community College.

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Nursing Assistant

 Phlebotomy student in training 

The Nursing Assistant program includes training in patient care, CPR, and professional ethics. Students learn extensive medical terminology and receive hands-on training in a hospital or convalescent care environment.

Upon completion of this training, a student will be a Nursing Assistant and will need to pass the state exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Graduates of this program can work in assisted living facilities, nursing/retirement homes, hospitals, clinics, and home health care.

Students earn college credit for their studies on center through an agreement with Big Bend Community College and the Tech Prep program.

Students are eligible to train in phlebotomy after they complete their Certified Nursing Assistant course.

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Painting

Students in the Painting program learn about identifying different types of sandblast media, paints and coatings, taping and sealing materials, as well as various methods of surface preparation and paint application. Students also learn how to safely use a variety of equipment associated with this trade. Students also receive hands-on training at a work-based learning site.

Graduates of this program will have all the skills necessary to compete as a First Period Apprentice. They will also be given the highest priority into the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Apprenticeship Program.

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Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program includes training in the prescription process through payment/billing and inventory management as well as working with customers, doctors' offices, and insurance providers. Students learn extensive pharmaceutical terminology and knowledge of the various systems of the human body and how various drugs affect them.

Students in the Pharmacy Technician program can earn a Washington State Pharmacy Technician certification license. Graduates of this program can work in pharmacies at hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, drug stores, grocery stores, and vet clinics.

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Plastering

In the Plastering program, students learn how to identify and mix the three basic kinds of plaster as well as the advantages and limitations of each kind. Students will also learn about the safe and proper use of plastering tools and equipment, interior and exterior plastering techniques, creating specific textures and finishes, working with drywall, and using scaffolding. Students also receive hands-on training at work-based learning sites.

Graduates of this program will have all the skills necessary to compete as a First Period Apprentice. They will also be given the highest priority into the International Union of Plasters and Cement Masons Union Apprenticeship Program. Graduates will also receive all the necessary tools for their trade, worth approximately $200.

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Welding

Sanctioned by the American Welding Society, our Welding program enables students to learn about the safe and proper use of personal protective equipment and fabrication shop tools, applied mathematics, and drawing and welding symbol interpretation. Students are also trained in cutting and shaping metal with auxiliary equipment, the flame cutting process, oxy-fuel gas cutting, plasma arc cutting, air carbon arc gouging, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Students also receive hands-on training at work-based learning sites.

Students in the Welding program can earn free college credit through Tech Prep and Big Bend Community College. Students can also earn a number of certifications through the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO). Welding students can also learn additional competencies to become employable by Gunderson, Inc., located in Portland, Oregon.

Graduates of the Welding program have the skills to work at fabrication shops, shipyards, and manufacturing plants. Graduates also receive all the necessary tools and personal protective equipment for their trade, worth approximately $150.

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Page last updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014