Addison Trail students participate in career-exploration field trip to District Council Training Center

On Jan. 31, six Addison Trail students participated in a career-exploration field trip to the District Council Training Center in Addison (pictured above). Those students are enrolled in Addison Trail’s School to Work class (taught by teacher Freddy Crone), which provides pupils with real-world experiences through visiting local businesses and meeting with career professionals.

According to, “The IUBAC District Council Training Center’s mission is to supply our Signatory Contractors with the finest trained craftworkers in the Brick, Marble, Plaster, Pointing Cleaning and Caulking, Tile and Terrazzo trades. Through our affiliation with the Bricklayers International Union (Founded 1865) and the International Masonry institute (Founded 1971), our goal is to improve our members’ quality of life, on and off the job, through access to quality training that results in safe working conditions and solidarity among members.”

During their visit, students participated in hands-on experiences, completing tasks in tuck pointing, bricklaying and tile cutting. They also learned what it takes to get into the trade – including education, experience and hard work.

District 88 is committed to providing multiple and flexible pathways for students to ensure they are college and career ready and continues to partner with colleges/universities and local businesses to expand these opportunities for students. District 88 invites companies to collaborate with the district and support students. See details at