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High School Skilled Trades Training 

In 2015, the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) and the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC-C) partnered with leading regional educators to address the workforce shortage in El Paso County by putting skilled vocational education back in high schools through the Careers in Construction (CIC) program. The program started with fewer than 30 students in 1 high school in El Paso County in 2015.  Due to the tremendous program growth and popularity in the Pikes Peak Region, the program has now moved north to include the Denver Metro Area.  Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, CIC will be implemented in 15 districts, serving 40+ high schools statewide.  Future growth of the program is anticipated in other areas of Colorado in the near future.

The CIC program is governed by Careers in Construction Colorado Foundation (CICC). CICC serves as the governing body of the CIC program, and will allow the program to expand statewide. CICC is a venture controlled by Colorado Springs HBA and the AGC of Colorado with a Board of Directors made up of members from both organizations.

The CIC Program is funded by both the Careers in Construction Colorado Foundation and the Construction Education Foundation.


  • Careers in Construction is training high school students to meet the high demand for skilled trades jobs and careers including pathways to:
    • Graduation
    • Employment
    • Post-secondary education
    • Career development
    • Professional life skills
    • Personal pride and confidence
  • CIC connects High Schoolers throughout Colorado with construction trades education.  Students learn to use their hands and minds through the nationally recognized curriculum from the Home Builders Institute (HBI).  The program allows students to work their way toward Department of Labor recognized Pre-Apprenticeship Certified Training (PACT) certificates which certify them as work-ready in a particular trade, including:
    • OSHA-10
    • Carpentry
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • HVAC
    • Masonry
    • Landscaping 
    • Painting & Finishing
    • Building Construction Technology
  • Students learn universal skills including:
    • Problem solving
    • Accountability
    • Organization and prioritizing
    • Teamwork
    • Communication 
  • Core elements of their learning also include:
    • Building trades safety and first aid – OSHA-10
    • Basic construction math and blueprint reading 
    • Tools and construction materials
    • Green building
    • Employability 
    • Select schools’ students construct a modular home project
Students are able to directly apply for local internships, apprenticeships, part-time and full-time job opportunities through participating contractors.
For more information on Careers in Construction for Southern Colorado email us or click on button below, for Metro Denver email us.


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