Training Students Interested in Construction Careers

The Jingoli Live Classroom program identifies and trains high school juniors and seniors who are interested in learning about construction, engineering, architecture and related fields. Through unique partnerships with schools and organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, Live Classroom students are mentored and trained by the JJS team to learn skills necessary in the real world of construction and related trades.

During each Live Classroom session, students meet one day a week for 12 weeks and are mentored by JJS employees who volunteer for the program, covering topics such as drafting, math and safety. Guest speakers from outside organizations are brought in to expose students to a wide range of careers and industries. In addition, they connect our graduates with internships or employment opportunities at JJS or partner organizations.

To date, they have instituted Live Classroom programs in Camden, NJ, Newark, NJ, Atlantic City, NJ, and will soon be in other cities including Detroit, MI. More than 100 young people who have gone through the program have been hired by JJS or other contractors.

Live Classroom Newark

JJS partnered with Central High School in Newark, NJ, working with students in the Live Classroom program. As part of the program, the four young men showcased the skills they learned by turning a shipping container into a shelter that could be used during emergencies or natural disasters.

The transformed shipping container, named “Help in a Hurry” (HIH), was designed to be used during emergencies as a self-contained home that could help inhabitants survive “off the grid.” It includes solar panels, air conditioning and heating, plumbing, furniture, emergency supplies and food, all within an 8’ x 8’ x 20’ shipping container.

Those same Newark students, who have gone on to college and internships in the trades, are now working closely with the Jingoli team on other shipping container projects and are exposed to other experiences that will help them develop professionally.

In August 2017, they traveled with the Jingoli team to meet with members of the Hard Rock Hotel + Casino's design team, who have partnered with Jingoli on a new hotel and casino in Atlantic City. While there, they participated in planning meetings for the new hotel/casino and gave a presentation on their “Help in a Hurry” shipping container project.

Because of their success and drive, these four young men are mentoring other students who are participating in Jingoli Live Classroom shipping container projects in other cities.

PSE&G/Jingoli Live Classroom

PSE&G asked Jingoli Live Classroom to help them institute a training program through Essex County College. The program is preparing students for positions at PSE&G, and focuses on skills needed to pass the Construction and Skilled Trades (CAST) test—including Graphic Arithmetic, Mechanical Concepts, Reading for Comprehension and Mathematical Usage. CAST is a standardized employment test given by individual utility companies.

During the last two months of the program (Spring 2018), students will turn a shipping container into a laundromat for West Side High School in Newark, NJ. That laundromat will be used in the high school as part of their curriculum for teaching life skills.

Live Classroom Atlantic City

In July 2017, JJS partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City in facilitating the first 10-week Jingoli Live Classroom course, where students learned the basics of construction. The students met with leaders in the construction, utilities and casino industries to learn about career opportunities.
Live Classroom will continue in Atlantic City indefinitely, as Jingoli is involved in a variety of construction projects throughout the city.

As one of the owners of the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, JJS is now able to involve Live Classroom students in the construction of that property. Plans are underway with the Hard Rock team to build a beach club out of shipping containers—which the Live Classroom students will work on along with their mentors from the Newark shipping container.