About the Academy of Construction &
Design at Cardozo Senior HIgh School
The Academy serves students in grades 10 through
12. High school students from all Wards of the District are encouraged
to apply for admission.
Students learn about architecture and design,
carpentry, electricity, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration
(HVACR) through academic studies, technical content, applied learning
and field experiences.
Program graduates earn certification leading
to apprenticeship and job opportunities, including carpenter helper,
HVAC technician assistant, sheet metal apprentice, electrical technician,
steam fitter apprentice, HVAC installation technician, HVAC equipment
a printable application for the Academy of Construction &
Cardozo Academy encourages students to stay in
school and graduate by introducing them to education, employment,
entrepreneurship and career development strategies.
- The National Center for Construction Education
and Research provides transcripts and documentation of students’
training accomplishments through NCCER’s National Registry.
This documentation gives graduates a gateway to full-time employment
and advanced placements as registered apprentices with construction
- Capable students who excel at hands-on learning
or who want to do applied work after graduation benefit from the
Academy’s well-designed vocational education program.
- Upon graduation, students are prepared to
enter apprenticeship training programs sponsored by local builder
associations or by local union-management committees, or to pursue
two or four-year college programs.
- The Academy creates a pool of applicants who
are trained in specific trades to address the shortage of industry
workers in the Washington metropolitan area.
The National Center for Construction Education
and Research (NCCER) curriculum, a nationally accredited construction
training program, provides the basis for learning and assessment
at Cardozo Academy.
Foundation Course – Building and
An introductory course designed to give students hands-on experience
and information about career paths in the construction industry
with emphases on carpentry and HVAC. Students then decide on a trade
area and career pathway.
Students pursue a carpentry, electrical or HVAC-R pathway in a 2.5
year program with 5.5 semester credits in coursework and an internship
in their pathway. Students are trained using the Contren Learning
Series designed by subject matter experts in the construction industry.
The curriculum is modular in format, competency-based and includes
written and performance evaluations.
Each pathway offering is designed to meet the
requirements of the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship
program for the State of Maryland and the D.C. Apprenticeship Academy
program for the District of Columbia. Student transcripts and documentation
of industry training are registered through NCCER Accredited Sponsor.
Academic Foundation Certificate (AFC)
Students who successfully complete the program receive an in-house
Academic Foundation Certificate (AFC) or a Certificate of Initial
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