Careers in Construction Program Synopsis
The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) and the Associated General Contractors-Colorado (AGC-C) partnered with regional educators to launch the Careers in Construction (CIC) program in 2015. The program was launched to connect young people with the construction trade education in the Pikes Peak and Southern Colorado regions. The program started with fewer than 30 students in one high school in 2015 and now includes 430+ students enrolled in four participating districts and seven high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Students are learning to use their hands and minds while using the nationally-recognized curriculum from the Home Builders Institute, which allows them to work their way towards Pre-Apprenticeship Training Certificates. These are portable certificates highlighting students’ skills in a particular trade- certifying them as work-ready in that trade.
Learn, Build, Earn
The Home Builders Institute’s curriculum is rooted in the timeless tradition of learning through apprenticeship, but ensures the curriculum and job training components keep with all industry developments and requirements.
The program provides both classroom and jobsite experience for students. Classroom instruction helps students learn safety practices, terminology, math and other skills. Jobsite experience provides opportunities for hands-on interaction, which also has the additional benefits of increases the student’s self-esteem and fills the need for instant gratification.
Designed to address all facets of a student’s needs along the program’s continuum- this entry-level curriculum has successfully integrated: work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training, on-the-job training, employability skills, life skills, related academics and industry-focused job readiness.
Students learn basic construction skills and safety training through the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Certificate (PACT) Core class. Students can then take additional classes in Carpentry, Plumbing, Masonry, Electrical, Landscaping, Painting, Weatherization and Building Construction Technology. They also have the opportunity to earn OSHA 10 and/or Green Building certifications.
For more program information please contact Kitt Smith at the Housing & Building Association at 719-592-1800 x 100 or email@example.com