Our goal:

Fill the gap of 47,000 workers needed by 2027

Invest In Tomorrow’s Workforce

We need your help and investment now to fill the demand for skilled construction workers. 

The construction industry in Colorado is struggling with a significant skilled labor shortage that, left uncorrected, will stall our economic growth and stifle our communities.

Let’s keep Colorado on the cutting edge of construction to fuel economic growth by:

  • Investing in programs to grow our workforce.
  • Focusing on technological advancements and innovative training.
  • Educating tomorrow’s construction workers and providing access to state-of-the-art tools.
  • Providing workers with robust opportunities to learn and apply new skills.

We must join together now to advance Colorado’s construction industry.



Programs to Advance Individuals & Industry

CEF’s programs ensure Colorado’s workforce is keeping pace with increased demand based on the state’s growing population and economic expansion.

Careers in Construction
CIC is a high school trades program that puts construction shop classes back in the high school. Students earn state and nationally recognized Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) certificates in carpentry, electrical, hvac, plumbing, and more.

High School Construction Connection
HSCC utilizes industry volunteer navigator teams that interact with participating high schools to provide students with hands-on opportunities, job site tours, info and career opportunities.

Construction Careers Now!
CCN is a four week, adult pre-apprenticeship program that is tuition free for the participant and concludes with a hiring fair offering a great career in construction.

CEF is working to build a more diverse construction workforce:


CEF is working to fill the labor shortage gap:

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CEF Mission

Our mission is to recruit, develop, and serve students of the construction industry by promoting innovative educational pathways to rewarding careers in an inclusive, highly-skilled and prosperous construction workforce.

Help grow tomorrow’s workforce and fuel Colorado’s economic growth

CEF’s programs are building strong communities and boosting Colorado’s economy through efficient, productive and life-changing workforce development successes. Be a part of expanding these important programs for the community, our industry, and your company. Your donation helps improve and enhance training facilities, fund student tuition, provide materials for programs, and introduce Colorado residents to the opportunity to start a career in construction.

Regional economic development / growth:

Businesses that support CEF are making an investment in their own success. Workforce development supports the economic growth and prosperity of our region. Colorado can only thrive if there are enough skilled construction workers to keep pace with the increasing demand for building and transportation infrastructure created by our economic expansion and growing population. CEF’s programs provide a boost to sustain recruiting and retention of a new, diverse workforce. With more, and better trained workers, Colorado can continue on the current path of historic economic growth and prosperity for its citizens and businesses.

Support alternate pathways to success

Corporate and philanthropic support of CEF directly funds opportunities for individuals to raise their standard of living, build successful careers and support their families. Access to education and innovative training creates a more effective workforce, but it also creates a dramatic impact at the individual level when people are given opportunity to advance in their profession. With your support, CEF can continue to offer these life-changing services.


We’re proud to acknowledge the following companies who’ve joined the Construction Education Foundation to help advance Colorado’s construction industry.

Cornerstone Elite Sponsors



Cornerstone Associate Sponsors


Cornerstone Supporting Sponsors


Advocating Sponsors



  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Brand alignment with a good cause
  • Opportunities for exposure, including online marketing, social media marketing, print and out of home advertising, visibility at events
  • Network and sales opportunities
  • Recruiting opportunities


The Construction Education Foundation is proud to work with organizations and leaders in the community to promote workforce development, while advancing individual careers and the construction industry.