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Labor and Economic Opportunity

Construction Program

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Program Description
This program is designed to teach students basic construction skills to work in the construction industry. The program focuses on safety, hand/power tool use and hands-on construction skills in carpentry, while building employability skills. Students can earn 4 Nationally recognized certifications in the program. The Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum is supported by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Job Outlook
Job opportunities increase with training and industry certifications. Starting pay may range from the current minimum wage to a higher amount depending on the location of the job. It will also depend on whether you are working in residential, commercial, union or non-union employment.


  • Average learning ability
  • Demonstrate ability to compute dimensions and execute precision work
  • Ability to read and work from blueprints
  • Average form and spatial perception; average finger and manual dexterity
  • Good mechanical aptitude
  • Demonstrates good judgment; enjoys a variety of tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic math skills including measurement, area/volume calculations, decimals, fractions

Please review the 2019 – 2020 Construction Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.