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Vacant to Vibrant: Experience Tiny Living


HGTV-Style opening of D.C.’s Tiny Living demonstration site features two homes built by students in the Academy of Construction and Design. NBC 4 television news video

Community residents attended open house events throughout fall 2018. Houston Elementary School fifth graders visited the site for a science lesson about water conservation using rain barrels. Howard University School of Architecture students held a joint class with Academy of Construction and Design students about sustainable building in spring semester 2019.

The Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, and D.C. Department of Energy and Environment were nominated for a 2019 Cafritz Team Innovation award for their partnership in creating the tiny living demonstration site in Ward 7.


8th Annual DC Apprenticeship Academy Graduation Ceremony

    Electrical instructor Valerie Ladson (l.), certified carpenter Tremayne Chatman, and Foundation Programs Director Beth Moore at the 8th Annual DC Apprenticeship Academy graduation ceremony on June 7, 2017.

The DC Apprenticeship Academy recognized nine graduates in its Class of 2017, at a very special ceremony before an audience of family members, sponsoring employers, and industry leaders.

Featured speaker Valerie Ladson, a DCAA Electrical instructor since 2014, talked about her commitment to educating others in her craft and described her experience as a woman in the industry and in her thirty-year career as an electrician with the D.C. Department of General Services.

Electrical graduates Abouy Bilkuei, Marquette Cephas, Brian Clay, Delante Coleman, Eric Malloy, Reginald Prysock, and Rodney Williams completed all four years of related instruction at DCAA as employees of M.C. Dean, Inc.

Carpentry graduates Tremayne Chatman and Patrick Woods completed four years of instruction and earned their apprenticeship certificate of completion under the instruction of Carpentry instructor Jack Copeland, who leads the DCAA-sponsored training program in-house for employees at GCS, Inc.

    Two carpenters and seven electricians earned credentials and licensure at the 8th Annual DC Apprenticeship Academy graduation ceremony on June 7, 2017.

Abouy Bilkuei (left, 4th from left) and Tremayne Chatman began their skills training as high school students in the Academy of Construction and Design. On June 7, they earned professional credentials and licensure from the DC Apprenticeship Academy. “Graduation is a significant achievement,” says Foundation Programs Director Beth Moore, “Apprentices who complete their program of related instruction are eligible for promotion to the next level in their craft, and to advance on their career pathway, from licensed journey workers, to managers, foremen, superintendents on job sites, or even future business owners.”


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Published June 9, 2017, on HomeRoom, official blog of the U.S. Department of Education
James Manning, Acting Under Secretary of Education, and senior officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor visited the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School. Their purpose was to gain insight about innovative apprenticeship education at the high school level. Read more >>



11th Annual Meet the Future Luncheon

    Fred Smoot pictured here with 11th grader David Flores, a 2017 Sigal Award winner.

On May 12, more than 100 executives from the region’s leading construction and commercial real estate companies participated in the annual Meet the Future luncheon hosted by the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, recognizing outstanding students in the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School.

Former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot, who visited ACAD and talked with students prior to speaking at this event, answered questions from the audience in his humorous and inspiring keynote speech. Impact Construction and Consulting LLC President Justin Sullivan told students how he started his career as a skilled tradesman and grew his skills and expertise to become president and owner of a fast-growing company in Washington, DC.

At the Meet the Future luncheon each year, the Academy recognizes high school students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate outstanding academic and technical achievement, citizenship, and leadership in the school community. This year, eleven Academy students were honored in these awards for work- and college-bound students:

Bright Futures Boot Camp Awards recognize excellence in ACAD’s yearlong writing, career, and life skills enrichment program.

Marshall Janifer Outstanding Student Award is presented to a student who demonstrates outstanding participation in ACAD classes and programs this year.

Sigal Scholar Awards recognize ACAD students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate good citizenship, a competitive spirit, and the drive to meet every challenge.

Norman Dreyfuss Scholarship Competition awards a one-time cash scholarship to an outstanding graduating senior.

Thank you to these 2017 Meet the Future Luncheon sponsors and to all our training partners who mentor skilled trades CTE students throughout the year!



Mentor Spotlight: Associated Builders and Contractors


For the third consecutive year, executives from the Associated Builders and Contractors national office in Washington, DC, are hosting career-building workshops for students in the Academy of Construction and Design. Initially started as a series of lunch-and-learn workshops to benefit Academy seniors, our mentoring partnership with ABC-National has expanded to include presentations and activities to help students in grades 9 through 12 learn about industry careers, begin to think about their own dream job, and find out what they need to learn now in high school and later on the job or at college to achieve their goals. ABC-National mentors lead monthly workshops in the Academy’s skilled trades training facility. Students put what they have learned into practice, as they network with industry employers at our annual Meet the Future Luncheon each year in May.

Mentoring is an exciting part of the writing, career, and life skills enrichment programs we offer students in the Academy of Construction and Design during the school year and in our citywide summer CTE program. Thank you, ABC-National, for helping students build bright futures!



DC Students Tiny House complete and ready for sale


This building project was completed by skilled trades career and technical education (CTE) students in our industry-accredited Academy of Construction and Design in Washington, DC. Proceeds from the sale of the student-built tiny house will be reinvested in the Academy’s education and training programs for high school youth.

Tiny house with gable roof and 2 lofts – Take a virtual tour



Type: On wheels
Size: 160 sq. ft.

Price: Negotiable
Location: Northeast Washington, DC



To purchase, call Beth at (202) 642-0806 phone, or email beth@dcstudentsctf.org


  • Quality, solid wood construction
  • Gabled roofline with dormer windows for natural light
  • Eco-friendly HardiePlank lap siding
  • Energy Star rated vinyl windows
  • Roxul insulated walls; R-19 Kraft-Faced Insulation under shingle roof
  • Plumbed to connect to cistern or other collected water source, or other desired water hookup
  • Ultra-low VOC paint
  • Sustainable bamboo flooring throughout
  • Avanti Energy Star 30" Wide Complete Compact Kitchen includes a stainless steel sink, faucets, and countertop.
  • Multifaceted unit has burner coil cooktops and a
    2.2 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator.
  • Full size sleeping loft with recessed lighting at rear of house
  • Storage loft at front of house
  • Therma-Tru fiberglass door with insulated glass panel
  • Built on trailer for mobility











A Home with a Unique History

D.C. high school students completed the tiny house design-build under the guidance and mentoring of certified craft instructors and professional builders.

Academy students took great pride in their work on this project, and we hope the buyer of this new home will enjoy their efforts for many years to come.




CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE: Bringing Skilled Trades Training To People From All Walks Of Life

The Academy of Construction and Design and its founders and training partners are spotlighted in the Careers in Construction Month issue of this national industry journal.

Krystal Boone, who graduated from the Academy and returned to teach CTE, is featured on the cover. Read more>>





DC Apprenticeship Academy Celebrates 2016 Graduates

DC Apprenticeship Academy graduates complete up to 4 years of accredited evening classes to earn journey status in their careers as skilled trade professionals. Congratulations to roofer Daryl Buckner of Gordon Contractors, carpenters James Jones and Clinton Lewis of GCS, Inc., and M.C. Dean, Inc. electricians Jose Castellanos, Reyben Escalante, Josue Funes, Daniel Wayne Hudson, Willie Jones, Andre Licorish, Jacqua Pinkard, Jose Recinos-Nolasco, and Jose Vasquez who earned credentials at our 7th annual graduation ceremony!



In the News: Academy of Construction and Design featured in education blog


Thanks to students, teachers, parents, sponsors and program partners who made our 10th Annual Meet the Future scholarship and awards luncheon a tremendous success.

Your generous support helps career tech students build bright futures!

Carol Randolph, Foundation Chief Operating Officer
Will Thompson, 2016 Meet the Future Luncheon Chair,
Vice President, Mid Atlantic District Manager
Hensel Phelps Construction



DC Apprenticeship Academy and Academy of Construction & Design Open at IDEA Public Charter School


THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the grand opening of our new skilled trades training facility at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, DC, on November 4, 2015. The 10,000 sq. ft. facility includes Construction Technology and Renewable Energy classrooms and training labs for IDEA students enrolled in the Academy of Construction and Design. Our partnership makes it possible for IDEA students to combine rigorous academic studies and accredited technical classes for career and college success. On weekday evenings, the facility is a resource for adult job training and all levels of apprenticeship related instruction classes in the DC Apprenticeship Academy. Read more>>>




Foundation’s Innovative High School CTE Academy Profiled in The Cornerstone
During Careers in Construction Month, NCCER’s national magazine takes a look at the Foundation’s innovative skilled trades curriculum and projects, including the 160 sq. ft. micro house built by high school CTE students in the Academy of Construction and Design. Read more>>>







Construction Trades Foundation Named One of the National Capital Region’s Best Nonprofits
DC Students Construction Trades Foundation has been selected, from a competitive field of more than 200 local organizations, to be featured in the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy:Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based nonprofits.

“It is an honor to be included in the Catalogue’s publications for prospective donors,” says Foundation Program Director Beth Moore. “Being selected for the second time reflects our growth as a highly effective provider of skilled trades career and technical education for youth and adults in the District of Columbia.”




Bright Futures Boot Camp
May 7, 2015 — Students in the Academy of Construction and Design put their academic, technical, career and life skills lessons into action in one-on-one mentoring and networking with hiring managers from Associated Builders and Contractors national headquarters, M.C. Dean, Shapiro & Duncan Mechanical Contractors, Property Group Partners, Sigal Construction and other regional and national employers. The event wraps up the Academy's Bright Futures Boot Camp, a yearlong series of workshops and lunch-and-learn sessions on writing, life skills, effective interviewing, social media etiquette, business networking, and other career development tools. With generous grant support from the Bethesda, MD-based Acacia Foundation, the Bright Futures Boot Camp equips graduating seniors to succeed on the job and at college.




Build a House – Build a Future
The District Department of Housing and Community Development approved and finalized a donation of property to the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation for use in career and technical education programs. The vacant residential lot in Northwest Washington became a dedicated field training site for students enrolled in training programs for carpentry, electrical, HVAC and other trade specialties in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus. Read more on our project website.


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