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Vocational Programs

As Hanna continues to change and grow to support the needs of all youth in our area, we are starting to expand the offerings of our Vocational Training Program. As part of this expansion, we are excited to host the Northbay TIP (Trade Introduction Program) Cohort this summer on the Hanna campus. The TIP cohort is a certificated union apprenticeship program to prepare young people for a career in the building and construction trade industry. This group of summer classes is open to all qualified individuals regardless of Hanna enrollment. In order to participate, it’s best if applicants will reach age 18 by the last day of class (August 4). Note: there is no upper age limit. The program is a concentrated all daytime class schedule from July 11 to August 4, with stipends possible for low-income participants.

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Hanna recognizes that each path forward for our students is not the same. Some may be attending college, joining the armed forces or moving directly into a career. We want to be sure to offer those who may be unclear what their future holds as many opportunities as possible to explore their options and hosting the TIP program is a great way to do just that.

Hanna’s Vocational Training Program Director David Yale said “you have to provide opportunities for people to learn about themselves and find a pathway towards a living wage in life. By bringing the TIP program here to Hanna we’re lowering the barrier to entry even more to our own students and local community. That makes a tangible, real difference in these kids’ lives.”

North Bay TIP is a certificated apprenticeship readiness program that will introduce attendees to apprenticeships in the many building and construction trades. It is intended to increase student’s skills in construction math, drafting, drawing, work readiness and job safety while developing relationships within the North Bay Building Trades industry. This in turn helps participants much more viable candidates for union apprenticeships. Those interested are free to come to an orientation before deciding if they want to sign-up for the program however, it is helpful to sign-up for an orientation so class leaders know how many attendees to expect.

For more information, please contact David Yale, Hanna Vocational Training Program Director

We have a long-time established multi-faceted vocational program that features intensive offerings in agricultural and construction programs.

Our goal is for students to develop a skill set and work ethic that will make them prime candidates for meaningful employment, apprenticeship programs or other post-secondary educational experiences after graduating from Hanna.

Agricultural Program

Hanna’s year-round Agriculture program connects classroom learning opportunities with practical, hands-on experiences, and is an integral part of the Archbishop Hanna High School curriculum.

Many of our boys come from urban neighborhoods and have limited, if any, experience or knowledge about agriculture. Programs for at risk youth open doors to learn leadership skills, and practical applications of science, technology, ranch management, sustainability and resource cultivation., environmental protection and conservation, and meteorology—especially as it relates to climate. It also fosters community service opportunities and expansion of employment prospects.

Our Agricultural program provides a host of different experiences and opportunities for skill building, from working in our small cabernet vineyard to new programs focused on sustainable gardening, culinary, and associated practices. Currently, our largest focus of time and energy is spent on our FFA program which includes breeding sheep, market sheep, pasture management, and integrative work with our on-campus construction programs.

  • Field trips to a variety of industry-related venues including the local auction yard, dairies/ranches, vineyards, and sheep dog trials
  • Training and education related to responsibility, work ethics, dependability, caring, teamwork and many other life skills

Efforts are currently underway to establish a collaborative garden and culinary training program with Teen Services Sonoma.

Construction - Welding & Woodworking Programs

These electives are offered as part of the main curriculum along with after school classes as an alternative to after school sports and an opportunity for students to gain industry skills while acquiring valuable graduation credits.

Special classes are also held during a 7-week summer curriculum held on consecutive Saturdays (eight hours each) to provide enhanced access for Hanna students and teens from the community through collaborative efforts with Teen Services Sonoma.  During these classes, students learn marketable entry level skills and valuable work experience in the construction industry.

These carpentry, welding, and blacksmithing programs also provide career pathways for those potentially interested in a vocation in the construction industry.

Teens learn a variety of skills that alter from year to year and season to season including things like:

  • how to build a fully equipped storage shed, including the framework, electrical/lighting, windows, interior and exterior walls, vents, and door.
  • in the carpentry curriculum, students become familiar with woodworking projects including building plans and tools, including a tape measure, square, hand saw, hammer, screw gun, miter, staple gun, etc.
  • students support real life projects like constructing new fencing for the sustainable gardening program along with raised and wire reinforced vegetable boxes to help protect the crops from wildlife.  Bird boxes have also been built and implemented around the garden for natural pest control.
  • in the welding and blacksmithing curriculum, students learn how to operate the drill press, simple metal manufacturing using mig, tig, and stick welding techniques, operation of a D Square Plasma CNC machine, industry standard shop procedures, measuring and basic metallurgy.
  • each curriculum facet includes work readiness training along with workplace, interpersonal, communications and self-management skills, and financial literacy.