High School Skilled Trades Training
Careers in Construction (CIC) trains high school students to meet the high demand for skilled trades jobs and careers. Students earn state and nationally recognized Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) certificates in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and more. Students can also earn National Center for Construction & Research (NCCER) core certifications at some participating schools.
For statewide information please visit ciccolorado.org.
The Careers in Construction (CIC) program brings skilled vocational education back to high schools. The Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC-C), the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA), and the Home Builder’s Association of Metro Denver partnered with leading regional educators to address the construction workforce shortage in Colorado to create the CIC program.
The Careers in Construction (CIC) program is administered and funded by the Construction Education Foundation.
Students 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:
Students, if you want to take part in the CIC program and attend one of the participating schools, contact your counselor. If you don’t attend a school currently offering the CIC program we will work to get you connected to an existing program. CEF is continuously working to expand the CIC program to additional schools. CIC students are able to directly apply for local internships, apprenticeships, part-time and full-time job opportunities through participating contractors.
You can contribute to our CIC program in the following ways:
CIC Students at Warren Tech - 2020 Recap
CIC Students at Bollman Tech - 2020 Recap
More than 7.2 million Americans are employed in the construction trades
45,000 new skilled trades workers are needed in Colorado by 2027 – 25% growth rate
Apprenticeship and certificate opportunities to earn while you learn with no student loan debt
The average median annual industry salary in Colorado is $61,559 plus benefits
Jeanne Stongle, Career Development Coordinator
McClain Community High School Jefferson County Public Schools