Pickens Technical College’s Construction Technology Program Building its 50th House

Pickens Technical College’s Construction Technology Program is a popular one. It turns students into expert construction workers capable of getting jobs with some of the largest and most promising firms in the state. With housing developments and other construction projects dotting the greater Denver area, the opportunities for construction workers to find work, especially if they have the skills that Construction Technology instructor Greg Shamburg drills into their heads from the start of his class, are manifold. Shamburg’s program is at work on its 50 th house in the Aurora area for families in need.

The Construction Technology program at PTC doesn’t just give students handbooks on how to swing a hammer, it puts students out on jobsites throughout the community to give them the chance to learn how to build houses from experts in the field while working in the field themselves. You’ll never learn how to work on houses by reading about it in books. Shamburg and his teaching aides ply students with classroom instruction in addition to their work on jobsites building houses that are placed on the open market. You couldn’t be in a better place to learn how to be an effective and efficient construction worker if you live in the Denver area, with all kinds of construction projects going up all the time. Some commentators have noted that the crane is now Denver’s official bird.

Greg Shamburg helps students reach their potential by giving them the benefit of his 27 years educating students on a variety of different kinds of construction, including cabinetmaking, construction technology, and construction supervising. As a construction worker and supervisor himself, Shamburg has worked on remodels, room additions, new construction projects, framing, and exterior finish work. During his long career at PTC, Shamburg has been the department chair and served on the industrial leadership team, the Colorado State Faculty Curriculum Committee, and the Colorado Content Collaborative in Assessment Development. He holds both a City of Aurora Contractors License and a City of Aurora Class B Supervisors License and serves on the Board for Child Rescue, Inc.

If you take a class with Shamburg at PTC’s Construction Technology class, you’ll not only get to work with a nice guy like Shamburg, you’ll also learn many essential skills to a career in construction in the classroom and on the jobsite. You’ll learn how to read blueprints, estimate construction and remodel costs, read and interpret different kinds of building ordinances and codes, construct frames and frame rooves. In addition, you will also learn to construct the floor, walls, and roof of a residential home while useingall of those nifty but potentially dangerous power tools. And with Shamburg’s connections combined with PTC’s reputation in the local community, both bolstered by the construction program building houses in the area for families, you’ll have many opportunities to start a career in the construction industry as soon as you graduate.

The PTC Construction Technology program’s 50 th house is scheduled to be completed by Shamburg and his students in May of 2016.

Four Tips for Designing Your own Workout Plan from PTC’s Personal Trainer Program

Pickens Technical College has many programs designed to teach you the professional skills you’ll need to succeed in the profession of your choice. That’s the whole point of getting professional skills, right? To use them in your profession. Some of PTC’s programs are more fun than others (just my opinion). One of the programs that seems pretty fun to me is the Human Performance/ Personal Trainer program.

PTC’s instructors have worked as personal trainers and in the Human Performance field for years. They have significant experience teaching at PTC and are ACE-certified Health Coaches. In other words, they are good at designing workout plans and teaching students at PTC how to do the same. Here are her four tips that any lay person can use to design his or her own workout plan:

  • Change your number of reps every few weeks. The number of repetitions for each exercise in your workout plan you do every time has a big impact on how your muscles and your body develop. Usually, one to three reps will give you a short burst of explosive strength, while 15 or more will give you better endurance but slimmer muscles and less explosiveness. Different numbers of reps anywhere in between have different effects on your body. In order to fully cover your bases, change up your repetitions every few weeks and get the best of all worlds.
  • Do the most important exercises first. Sometimes even the best bodybuilders and personal trainers do their exercises wrong and hurt themselves because they’re tired. If you take care of the most difficult and most important exercises first in your workout routine while you’re your most energetic and fresh, you can avoid this trap. You’ll also be more motivated to knock out the easy stuff at the end when you’re tired and you want to go home.
  • Move in all directions. This is a similar concept to working all of your muscles. If you want to extend your range of motion (you do) work all of the muscles involved in moving a certain body part a certain way. By forcing your body to move not only front and back, but side to side, as well, you’re strengthening your ligaments and your muscles that don’t get much love otherwise.
  • Stay balanced. Be sure you work out all of your muscles, not just one side or the other, and not just arms or legs. Many personal trainers have their customers alternate from one half of the body to the other on different days to stay balanced.

PTC’s Personal Trainer Program is much more difficult than sitting in your pajamas reading this article. The program and so many other programs at PTC prepare students for the rigors of working in a wide variety of professional fields and set students on track to succeed in the profession of their choice.

PTC’s Involvement in Vista PEAK Preparatory’s Power Program

Pickens Technical College is heavily involved in its surrounding community in Aurora, as you probably know by now if you’ve been following PTC’s blog at all. PTC works in conjunction with Vista PEAK Preparatory, a school within the Aurora Public Schools district that takes a nontraditional approach to education, working with parents and students to craft pathways for students in order to prepare them for the next stage of their education. The Vista PEAK Campus is a combination of the philosophy of the district’s strategic plan, called VISTA 2015, the Governor’s P-20 Council, the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids based on Senate Bill 212, and the Colorado Department of Education’s strategic plan, called Forward Thinking. This approach to education allows Vista PEAK Prep to partner with schools like PTC at the next level for technical training for students interested in a particular job skill.

Vista PEAK’s PoWeR program allows students to take electives in fields and subjects they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The Program sends students to PTC to learn from college-level instructors about technical skills and programs they need to learn to go into a particular field. This Spring PoWeR Session has students going to PTC to take courses in Cosmetology, Graphic Design, and Automotive Technology. Students with the PoWeR program are taking a course in Cosmetology taught by the Cosmetology department staff at PTC. Some are learning about Graphic Design by attending the Graphic Design Jam, where they get to try to create their own designs and receive feedback on them from PTC staff. Auto engineer students are also signed up to take part in PTC’s Go Kart Academy, in which students work together to build their own go karts.

Vista PEAK’s PoWeR program opens doors for students who want to learn a skill and be in a better position to move on to technical school while they are still in high school or after they graduate from high school. Vista PEAK also prepares students for four-year colleges as well, but PTC accepts many students from this school who want to take part in their technical college programs. This system creates a clear career path for many students at Vista PEAK—moving from high school to PTC, and using PTC’s influences and connections in the business community of Aurora and Denver to place them in careers they’ll love. This is one of PTC’s many connections with the local school district and educational community that surrounds it.