The Franklin County School Board last month saluted the first group of Franklin County High School students to receive certifications from The National Center for Construction Education and Research. These students, from left Logan McLeod, Austin Martina and Kyle Hathcox, along with Morgan Mock, not pictured, received certificates for completing core curriculum, their official transcripts from NCCER, and their official wallet card.

Core curriculum encompasses a basic job safety course along with introductory courses in the safe use of hand and power tools. Core is a pre-requisite for training in carpentry, which the school offers, as well as other craft, such as plumbing, electrical or welding. The students, who were the first to complete core curriculum, are well on their way to receiving certification at Level One Carpentry, said vocational instructor William Sanders, standing at right.

The Franklin County School is an accredited training facility for NCCER, a not-for-profit education foundation developed by the construction industry to create a standardized training and credentialing program. NCCER has developed construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials that can be tracked through a national registry, which allows organizations and companies to verify the training and qualifications of current employees or new hires.