Tech 21 is a career-focused program that offers hands-on courses in architecture, construction, engineering and the automotive industries at high schools throughout San Francisco, including John O’Connell High School.

Carpentry instructor Chris Wood teaches an introductory construction course at O’Connell. The students learn about construction materials, hand and power tools, and building design through hands-on projects. They are also required to gain field experience by participating in field trips and completing internships. Those who finish Tech 21 can be eligible for city and union apprenticeships following high school.

The video above, narrated by Wood, takes a look at Tech 21 at O’Connell.

Turning Students into Carpenters: a Look at John O’Connell’s Innovative Tech 21 Program from Mission Local on Vimeo.

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