• Valley Career and Technical Center


    Valley Career and Technical Center’s Masonry Program is a one-year program preparing students as apprentice brick masons, the beginning of careers in brick and block masonry construction.  Masonry I is offered first semester and Masonry II is offered second semester.  Click on the Masonry I Course Syllabus and Masonry II Course Syllabus for details. 

    The program is accredited by the Associated General Contractors of America, meeting or exceeding their construction industry training standards.  Student certification is administered through the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).  NOCTI certification confirms students meet training requirements developed by the construction industry.  Students complete a 10-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Training Course in Construction Safety and Health and receive an OSHA 10-Hour construction industry course completion card.

    A record-high number of students are enrolling in Valley Tech’s Masonry Program.  Students are becoming aware of the tremendous demand for masons.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that salaries for brick masons are more than 30% above the national average for all careers and that brick masonry job opportunities are growing “much faster than the average for all occupations.”  Review job outlooks, income earnings, and more information on-line at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Construction-and-Extraction/Brickmasons-blockmasons-and-stonemasons.htm#tab-6.  The tremendous demand for brick masons has prompted The University of Virginia to offer a four-year masonry apprenticeship training program.  With the U.S. Bureau of Labor and The University of Virginia advocating brick masonry as a career, it only substantiates the area’s building contractors convictions that Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are in dire need of skilled brick masons. 

    Valley Tech’s Masonry Program instructor assists students with job placement and the area’s contractors rely on students successfully completing the masonry program to become part of their work force.

    Click on the recruitment power point presentation to learn more about residential and commercial masonry construction tasks and opportunities.