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ACAD Builds and Industry Signing Day


Signing Day host Fred Smoot (r) with Foundation board president John McMahon, ACAD Builds graduate James Gant, and Miller & Long director of education Romina Byrd, a Montgomery County Board of Education honoree for her distinguished service to public education.

A mentoring and networking job fair for juniors and seniors at IDEA Public Charter School to meet professionals from M.C. Dean; Miller & Long; Ruppert Landscape; Precision Wall Tech; Shapiro & Duncan Mechanical Contractors; CJ Coakley Inc.; and the District Dept. of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division kicked off our employer engagement program leading to ACAD’s first-ever Industry Signing Day ceremony at the 13th Annual Meet the Future Luncheon in May 2019.

United Bank, SunTrust Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation announced grants, including multi-year commitments to support mentoring, job shadowing, and paid internships on Academy of Construction and Design homebuilding projects. Dewalt, Bosch, and Milwaukee donated a “wish list” of power tools and equipment for advanced Carpentry classes and ACAD Builds internship training in the Academy of Construction and Design.

DC Students Construction Trades Foundation is in pre-construction planning on single-family homebuilding sites in Ward 7 that will support work-based learning for ACAD Builds interns citywide.

Signing Day Video Spotlight: Fort Myer Construction Corporation



Building a Green School Community


Vegetables and plants for sale, a healthful cooking demo, a music DJ, ice cream and great food were highlights in a day of family fun, as we welcomed students and families, program partners, and community neighbors to ACAD’s greenhouse and micro construction site at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington.

DC Greens, Ruppert Landscape, and Linda’s Luncheonette helped make our Youth Farmers Market Community Festival a success. Miller & Long craftsmen hosted a nail driving contest that was fun for all ages! ACAD urban garden and micro construction projects contribute to IDEA’s green school community. See our photo gallery >>



Building Bright Futures

On May 12, 2017, our 11th annual Meet the Future scholarship and awards luncheon recognized outstanding career and technical education scholars in grades 9 through 12. CTE students who excelled in Academy of Construction and Design classes and Bright Futures Boot Camp life skills training throughout the school year earned honors and prizes, including cash awards, laptop and tablet computers, and scholarships for work- and college bound seniors. View photo gallery >>



Students build their careers in high school construction program


Washington Post Real Estate goes inside the tiny house built by students in the Academy of Construction and Design.

The in-depth report looks at why skilled trades career and technical education is meaningful for students and relevant in schools today.

ACAD graduate Joshua Atkins, who earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tuskegee University in 2015, is featured. Read more>>





American Graduate Day: More Options for Career and College Readiness

WHUT Television, 10/3/15


East of the River magazine, October 2015




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.





At the Academy’s annual Meet the Future 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.

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.



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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