more than an elective

“More Than an Elective” is a partnership program created out of the need to get the skilled trades back into the classroom and is exclusively for educators, school counselors, and their schools.

Bring the skilled trades to your students and showcase an industry that is “more than an elective.”

The plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades are careers that provide financial stability, career growth, and are essential to the safety and wellbeing of communities. Many students aren’t aware of this, as vocational and technical education have been removed from schools over the last generation.

Fast forward to today where an increasing number of educators, school counselors, and parents believe their students are the right fit for careers in the trades. Explore The Trades is dedicated to bridging the technical talent gap to the service trades of plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical. Together, education and industry can partner to provide students with valuable information regarding careers in the skilled trades. 

Official “More Than an Elective” partners of Explore The Trades will receive a classroom kit that contains timely career information to be shared with your students, their parents, and your fellow educators.

Explore The Trades will send the kit directly to your school.

The kit will contain the following:

Trades-specific career paths

STEM and the Skilled Trades information

Top 10 Traits of a Technician

Illustrations of how high school classes directly relate to the trades

Industry infographics highlighting student loan debt, industry growth & salaries

One set of 18″x24″ posters for classroom (five posters included)

Please expect 3-4 weeks for delivery

Educational Partner

As an educational partner, Explore The Trades asks for your help in answering questions throughout the year. These short surveys will measure things like student usage of the materials, how the content is being shared, and the number of students who pursue careers in the trades.

Explore The Trades is excited to be your partner to communicate that the trades are “more than an elective!”

*Click the button below to become an official education partner of Explore The Trades.

Many thanks to the schools across the country who are utilizing this information.

  • Dillingham City School District
  • Yukon Koyukuk School Distrcit
Alabama Department of Youth Services
Auburn University
Baldwin County Secondary Virtual School
Daphne Middle School
Dearmanville Elementary/Oxford City Schools
Hayes K-8 School
Minor Middle School
The Alberta School of Performing Arts
University of North Alabama
Barling Elementary School
Hot Springs School District
Rose Bud Elementary School
Alliance College Ready Public Schools
Bret Harte Middle School
Corona Fundamental Intermediate
Flora Arca Mata Elementary
Huntington Beach High School
Lodi High School
Mata Elementary School
Modesto High School
Nipomo High School
Options For Youth – Rancho
Regency Park Elementary
Rialto Unified School District
Skilled Careers Coalition
The Trade School at Shasta Builders’ Exchange
Thomas Downey High School
Colorado Department of Education
Cooley’s Heating and Cooling
Grandview High School
Heath Middle School
Sanford Schools
Lake Forest High School
W.T. Chipman Middle
Roberts Elementary School
West Gate K-8
Atlanta Public Schools
Bryan County Schools
Columbia County Board of Education
Cowan Road Elementary
Daniell Middle School
Department of Defense Education Activity
Hightower Trail Middle School
Lanier Middle School
Peeples / Spring Hill Elementary
Richmond Hill K8 School
Seminole Co. Middle High School
Starr’s Mill High School
Wheeler High School
Tiyan High School
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School
Oak Park Elementary School
Boone Elementary
Catalyst Maria High School
Chicago Public School
Flinn Middle
Joliet Central High School
Joliet Township High School
Joliet West High School
Prosser Career Academy
Webster Elementary
Brebeuf Jesuit
Franklin Central High School
Green Springs Elementary
Frederick Douglass High School
Garrard Area Technology Center
Madisonville North Hopkins High School
North Hancock Elementary
The Academy at Shawnee
Hudson High School
Rodenhiser Academy
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Berlin Intermediate School
Holy Redeemer Private School
Jackson-Reed High School
Melwood Elementary School
Northwest High School
Fairmount School
Advanced Technology Academy
Henry Ford Academy
Education Credit Management Corporation
Osseo Area Schools – Community Based Vocational Assessment & Training
St. Paul Public Schools
Heber Hunt Elementary
Kairos Academies
Parkview Elementry
Miles Community College
Corinth-Holders High School
Cumberland County Schools
Douglas Byrd High School
Pamlico County High School
Benson High School
Burke High School
Mount Michael Benedictine High School
Franklin High School
Kreiva Academy Charter School
Sugar River Valley Regional Tech Center
High Tech High School
Hillsborough High School
Mount Olive High School
Roxbury High School
Electrical and HVAC/R Training Center
Lindenhurst High School
Queens College, City University of New York
Williamsville North High School
Caughlin Ranch Elementary
Dennis Ortwein Elementary School
Lena Juniper Elementary School
Bedford City Schools
Career Prep Schools
Liberty-Benton High School
Midwest Regional Education Services Center
School for Creative & Performing Arts
Tri-County Career Center
Van Buren High School
Workforce Partnership of Shelby County
Broken Arrow Public Schools
Metro Tech
Osage County Interlocal Cooperative
Cascades School
Beaverton High School
Imlay Elementary
R.A. Brown Middle School
Tamarack Elementary School
Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School
Charleston County School of the Arts
Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center
H.E. Corley Elementary
Pleasant Knoll Elementary
Riverview Charter School
South Carolina Virtual Charter School
Strom Thurmond High School
Williston Elko Middle School
Woodmont High School
Flandreau Indian School
Vermillion School District
Bearden High School
Cherokee Middle School
Clarksville High School
Halls High School
Jackson County School System
Knox County Schools
Ridgeway High School
Dulles Middle School
Pebble HIlles High School
Solar Preparatory School for Boys
ARL Middle School
Carbon High School
Providence Hall High School
Riverton High School
Salt Lake Center for Science Education
Taylorsville High School
University of Utah
Loudoun County Public Schools
National Career Development Association
Grandview High School
Kennewick School District
Wahluke School District
Herbert Hoover High School
Cooperative Education Service Agency #4
Laramie High School