In Colorado Springs, Colo.'s School District 49, the new home for its Careers in Construction program is about to break ground.
The 4,800 square-foot building includes an open-area shop and classrooms, and is funded through nonprofit Falcon Community Builders for Classrooms' donation of $500,000, and will train high school students for construction work after receiving their diploma. Kevin Walker, president of Walker Schooler District Managers, tells The Colorado Springs Gazette, “This is a project that’s been years in the making."
The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs initiated the Careers in Construction program in 2015 to provide pre-apprenticeship training for ninth- through 12th-grade students. It was the nation’s first construction trades certificate program for high school students that’s funded by those working in the industry.
The curriculum is adapted from the Home Builders Institute and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor.