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Building Bright Futures: A New Partnership for Career and College Readiness




DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and IDEA Public Charter School are pleased to announce a partnership that will expand the skilled trades career and technical education classes available to IDEA students beginning in fall 2015.

DCSCTF's 10-year-old Academy of Construction and Design will move to IDEA PCS, complementing IDEA's current course offerings in architecture, computer-aided design, Microsoft applications, and JROTC. Students will have the opportunity to learn carpentry, electrical, and other specialized skills that can lead to paid apprenticeships as well as careers in such fields as mechanical engineering, construction management, interior design, and electrical engineering.

Watch Newschannel 8 interview with Academy Director Shelly Karriem and IDEA Head of School Justin Rydstrom here.

At the Academy’s annual Meet the Future luncheon, seniors in the Class of 2015 earned recognition, honors and more than $14,000 in scholarships and awards. Angely Garay and Damian Humphries earned top prizes in the annual Norman Dreyfuss Scholarship Competition. Jamal Fripp and Deavin Judd were named Sigal Award winners for character, competence and good citizenship. The Janifer Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Mauri Williams for achievement in Academy programs. Taylor Herndon and Angely Garay were the first recipients of awards and scholarships established by Academy alumni to “give back” and help new graduates succeed. In addition, Muhtari Juma and Damian Humphries won prizes for their accomplishments in the Career Fluency Boot Camp, and the Foundation gave special recognition and appreciation to Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for mentoring students throughout that writing, career and life skills program.

At the end of the luncheon, students from IDEA Public Charter School joined past and present Academy students in a special candlelight ceremony, passing the torch to begin our second decade of providing career and technical education for students in Washington, DC.

Meet the Future: Academic + Technical = Opportunity



Did you know for every two jobs that require a college degree, there are seven jobs that require apprenticeship training, a one-year certificate or a two-year degree? According to national workforce research, these highly skilled jobs are in demand, and the income for top earners is significantly higher than the average income for many occupations that require a four-year degree. Academy of Construction and Design graduates are ready to pursue any or all of these options. Our annual Meet the Future awards luncheon recognizes Academy seniors who demonstrate academic and technical excellence. In the Class of 2014, Aunye'e Waller, Tremayne Chatman, and Nicole Richbow took top honors in the annual Dreyfuss Scholarship Competition,while Chester Broadway, and Rodrigo Rosa earned Life Skills Boot Camp awards. In addition, Tremayne Chatman won the first-ever $5,000 achievement award established by SIGAL Construction Companies to support CTE achievement in the Academy of Construction and Design. Since 2009, work- and college-bound Academy seniors have been awarded nearly $40,000 in scholarships.

Academy Students Help Build a School in Jamaica



Academy seniors joined a team of more than fifty volunteers from Maryland-based Ruppert Landscape to help build a school in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth Parish in February 2014. The project was part of an international relief effort sponsored by Food for The Poor. Participating students also presented a donation of school supplies from the Academy of Construction and Design to the children who will attend the new elementary school. Ruppert Landscape has maintained a long CTE partnership with the Academy of Construction and Design. “We have been impressed with their program,” says CEO Craig Ruppert, “and with their students who have demonstrated a real commitment to developing themselves and improving their skills.”


The Right Tools from A Few Cool Hardware Stores


ACE Hardware owner Michael Friedman (pictured at far right) and three employees from his D.C. retail group, A Few Cool Hardware Stores, visited lead carpentry instructor Marshall Janifer’s second period class bearing gifts. The company donated $7,000 in tools and hardware to support the Academy’s career and technical education programs. “If you have ever searched for just the right tool to complete a project, you know why we are excited and grateful for this gift,” says Academy director Shelly Karriem (at center with hard hat).


Let's Build a House


With generous support from building industry contractors and suppliers, students in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo High School helped transform a vacant lot into a modern, 2,000 square-foot, single-family property. From groundbreaking in October 2010, through completed construction in December 2012, Academy students completed 240 industry accredited training modules on the construction site in Northwest Washington, DC.


Norman Dreyfuss Scholarships

Norman Dreyfuss Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who are starting industry jobs or enrolling in college courses after high school. These recent scholarship candidates describe their experience in the Academy of Construction and Design:

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