By : Roger Mari
(KHNL) - Some Oahu teachers and counselors are giving up part of their summer vacation to be students.
The Pacific Resource Partnership is showing teachers there's a future in the construction industry. They hope the teachers will then take what they've learned back to the classroom.
"Students can learn what's available to them out in the real world as far as job opportunities go," Kyle Chock of P.R.P.
Teachers say the experience is enlightening.
"It's really neat that they let us come on site and visit and see from top to bottom how everything began and is ending," Shelly Bishop said.
This is the second year the P.R.P is sponsoring their Construction Academy program. It's funded by the U.S. Department of Labor in eight Hawaii public schools.
"I've never really been exposed to something of this scope and this magnitude, it's great to see," teacher Bill Miller said.
The work is tough, but it can be financially rewarding.
"I have to bring that back to my students, to let them understand the wages are high but they work for what they get," Miller said.
The teachers then get students who are aware of their options in Hawaii's construction industry.