WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY OF CONSTRUCTION &
The Academy of Construction and Design is co-located
at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, District
With generous support from building industry vendors
and training partners, the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation
renovated and constructed a 10,000 sq. ft. CTE training facility
and opened the Academy at IDEA to serve the school and community.
In Construction Technology and Renewable Energy
classrooms, the Academy sponsors CTE pathways for high school students
in grades 10 through 12 and Introduction
to Construction classes, special projects, and activities for
The Academy of Construction and Design combines
academic and technical studies to prepare students for high demand
jobs and careers. View our Career
Map for work- and college-bound students.
Students learn about architecture and design,
carpentry, electrical, heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC),
renewable energy, sustainable building, and other specialties. Technical
- blueprint reading
- mechanical drawing
- computer applications
Academy graduates gain knowledge, skills, credentials,
and a solid preparation for apprentice employment or college degree
programs leading to careers as:
- Construction Managers
- Electrical Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Structural Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Industry Entrepreneurs
For Students: Prepare now for
a brighter future. It will soon be time to think about what you
want to do after high school. The Academy can help you find out
about careers you want to explore and how to get there.
For Parents: The Academy of
Construction and Design encourages students to stay in school and
graduate with knowledge and skills that are in demand. The Academy
offers STEM-focused classes in a supportive learning environment
to maximize every student’s learning potential. The Academy
works closely with employers to give students well-rounded learning
experiences inside and outside the classroom, including internships,
field training, mentoring, and networking for career success.
For Employers and Training Partners: The
Academy of Construction and Design answers an urgent need for work-ready
trainees and instruction to develop the next generation of industry
professionals. In the Academy, students gain critical knowledge
from career-focused curriculum, real life design/build projects,
and an innovative life skills training program that emphasizes writing,
interviewing, and communication skills to help students succeed
in school and on the job.
The Academy has actively engaged in training
partnerships with industry organizations, including ABC National,
D.C. Habitat for Humanity, ACE Mentors Program, Architects in Schools,
Blue Skye Construction, and more.
Why Choose Career and Technical Education?
National research reveals significant benefits for CTE students. At a time when rising costs threaten to put college out of reach for many students, CTE pathways provide good jobs that can pay the way to further education, says a study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Also, CTE students reportedly are more likely to develop skills such as problem solving, math, communication, employability skills and critical thinking during high school than their school mates who do not participate in CTE. These are the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
NCCER Curriculum, a nationally accredited construction
training program, provides the basis for learning and assessment
in the Academy of Construction and Design.
Foundation Course – Building and
An introductory course designed to give students hands-on experience
and information about career paths in the construction industry
with emphasis on carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.
Students specialize in a technical pathway of their choice in a
2.5 year program with 5.5 semester credits in coursework and an
internship. Students who complete the Pathways curriculum earn credentials
that are recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship
program for the State of Maryland and the DC Apprenticeship Academy’s
registered apprenticeship program for the District of Columbia.
NCCER provides transcripts and documentation of students’
training accomplishments through its National Registry.
Academic Foundation Certificate (AFC)
Students receive credentials from the nationally accredited NCCER
and their National Registry. Students receive transcripts, wallet
cards and certificates that can be verified by current or future
employers. These credentials open doors to employment, on-the-job
training, and higher education for graduates.