Broken Arrow Public Schools and Mullin Plumbing announce innovative new partnership
Students to earn credit and valuable workforce skills through paid apprenticeships
Broken Arrow Public Schools recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with Mullin Plumbing to provide high school students with paid apprenticeships while earning elective credit hours to prepare them to enter the skilled workforce upon graduation.
Under the agreement, Broken Arrow students will earn $10/hour while working under a maximum student to supervisor ratio of three to one.
This program is believed to be the first partnership in the state of Oklahoma between a private business and a school district to provide paid apprenticeship opportunities as part of educational curriculum.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students who are seeking an innovative and challenging program to prepare them for a career in the local workforce,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Mullin Plumbing came to us looking for ways to increase the number of prospective workers in the area and partnering with a Broken Arrow-based business is something we are honored to do.”
Located in Broken Arrow since 1973, Mullin Plumbing values partnering with the school district to train the next generation of its workforce by preparing students for a lucrative and meaningful career.
“Plumbers are in high demand now and will continue to be in the future,” Mullin, Inc. CEO Robert Morris said. “The plumbing industry provides the opportunity for young people to enter the field in a paid training environment and the potential to triple their pay over a three-year period. Mullin, Inc. is proud to help be a part of training for these students in order to prepare them for success in their career, family and life.”
Prospective licensed plumbing contractors must initially complete three apprenticeship years before applying for a journeyman license from the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB). Under the agreement, Mullin Plumbing will subsidize the CIB apprenticeship application fee for students in the program.
This opportunity started in January with two students and is open to juniors and seniors. Students will receive specialized training and instruction designed by Mullin Plumbing and spend approximately the first three hours of their school day at Mullin Plumbing before returning to Broken Arrow High School for lunch and afternoon classes. This program qualifies for elective credits that contribute to state graduation guidelines.
“Our goal is to make sure every student has a pathway tailored to their interests and their future plans,” Executive Director of Secondary Instruction Sharon James said. “Broken Arrow graduates will be prepared for whatever comes next, whether that’s going to college, straight into a successful career in the workforce, our military or anything in between.”
More information regarding additional Beyond BA Pathways will be released in the coming weeks.