COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Feb. 11, 2019 – Launched in 2015, Careers in Construction, a workforce-development program powered by Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association (CSHBA) and Associated General Contractors-Colorado (AGC-C), has now evolved into its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization- Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC) and is quite literally building momentum.
CICC recently launched its Home Build Program, where participating CICC high school students will build modular homes on-site school district property with CTE instructor supervision and assistance from trade professionals. Through this program, students will be able to apply their skills in carpentry, electrical and plumbing, while gaining industry-level experience.
“The formation of our new nonprofit solidifies our partnership with the Associated General Contractors to allow us to expand our program and offer Careers in Construction Colorado classes throughout the state. Through the 501(c)(3), we will be able to manage the operational aspects of the Home Build Program and roll the profits from the sale of each home back into CICC, ensuring the program’s viability and sustainability,” said Renee Zentz, CSHBA CEO.
The first group of participating schools’ students spent last semester building scaled models of the actual home they will begin constructing this spring. Those schools include Power Technical Early College in District 49, and Widefield High School and Mesa Ridge High School in District 3, with additional schools starting construction in Fall of 2019.
“Many will remember that Widefield had a tradition of partnering with a local developer to allow students to build a home,” said Scott Campbell, Widefield District 3 Superintendent. “Unfortunately, that program had to be eliminated with the impact of the 2008 recession. Upon partnering with the CICC program, we resurrected our building trades program and are thrilled to be one of the initial school districts to participate in the Home Build Program. The impact of this program is profound in our district and will result in an increase in skilled tradesman and continue the tradition of supporting a strong construction program in our community.”
Since its inception, CICC has been supported through industry and educational partnerships. The Home Build Program has acquired national level industry partners to supply building materials, including Clayton Homes, Norbord, Shaw Floors, GAF Materials Corporation, Boise Cascade and Kohler. CICC is also identifying local trades who will supervise and teach students through their respective phases on the home.
In addition to these partnerships, the program received additional support this month thanks to the Pikes Peak Regional Building Commission. The three-person commission approved a one-time financial participation to help fund the expansion of the program. Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) will also be inspecting the builds like any other home, providing the students with even more education on how the building industry works.
“This investment by the Regional Building Department, in conjunction with the commitments of support we’ve received from our local building industry and national partners, allows us to move forward with our Home Build Program at three schools currently teaching construction based vocational education; Careers in Construction Colorado,” said George Hess, CSHBA Workforce Development Committee chair and Vantage Homes Founder and Chairman.
Through partnerships with educational entities and other organizations, Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC) establishes and maintains vocational education courses and programs focused on skills training for the various trades within the construction industry, to promote the benefits of career opportunities in the construction industry to students, parents, influencers, and educators, and develop effective job placement platforms to connect students to industry.
For more information about Careers in Construction Colorado and how to get involved, please visit www.GoBuildCO.com or contact Kitt Smith, Director of Workforce Development, at 719-592-1800 x 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.