Build America

Forget Digging Ditches.

Construction careers in today‚Äôs market are all about high-tech, high-stakes, huge earning potential and the opportunity to travel the world. You might think that a four-year degree is the only path to success, but let’s take a look at the facts:

Build Your Future in three steps:

1) Choose your career.

2) Choose your path.

3) Get trained.

Becoming a craft professional starts now.
Career and technical education programs, such as welding, electrical or carpentry, not only add hands-on elements to the academic experience, but can also lead to an industry recognized credential.
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By 2018, fields like construction and manufacturing will provide nearly 8 million job openings, 2.7 million of which will require a postsecondary credential.
(Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

The U.S. now has the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world.
(Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Career and technical education students are significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report that they developed problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related, communication, time management and critical thinking skills during high school.
(Association for Career & Technical Education)