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About the Building & Construction Trades Industry Sector:

This sector provides a foundation in the Building and Construction Trades industry for secondary students in California. Students engage in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in the Building and Construction Trades industry. The sector encompasses four career pathways: Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking; Engineering and Heavy Construction; Mechanical Systems Installation and Repair; and Residential and Commercial Construction. These pathways emphasize processes, systems, and the way in which structures are built. The knowledge and skills are acquired in a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on, project-based, and work-based instruction. Standards included in the Building and Construction Trades sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career.

Impact of Building & Construction Trades:

According to California statistics 800,000 people are employed in the building and construction sector in California.

Pathway Highlights:

  • Students learn how to use hand & power tools.

  • Hands-on projects offered with student design and construction.

  • Explore a money making career that do not need a college education.

  • Students can start a career right out of high school, upon pathway completion.

  • Field trips to local industries offered to students.

  • Guest speakers representing different trades speak to classes.

UC A-G Credit:

All of the Building & Construction pathway classes meet the A-G University of California's list of required courses for college admission.

Certifications:

Many of our CTE pathways offer industry recognized certifications that can be added to a student's portfolio. Certifications offered from the Building & Construction pathway vary between each high school, but can include Precision Exams: Construction Trades Foundation and Wood Working.

Articulations:

CTE Transitions (formerly known as Articulations) program offers high school students the opportunity to jump-start college by earning college credit while still in high school. High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously for certain articulated courses with Modesto Junior College. These courses are governed by an agreement between Modesto Junior College and Modesto City Schools which ensures use of like curriculum and exams. Students earn college credit upon passing the end of course examination.

Activities:

The Building & Construction pathway classes offers fun, hands on projects for students to complete during class. Students also have the opportunity to go on field trips to local industries and colleges.

How to Apply:

If a student is already enrolled at an MCS High School, they will need to let their counselor know that they would like to be a part of the Building & Construction pathways; and ballot for one or more of the Building & Construction pathway classes.

All 8th grade students will need to ballot for the Building & Construction pathway classes that are offered at their particular high school.

If a student is an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school in a different high school boundary in Modesto, you can request an intradistrict transfer from your home high school; or pursue open enrollment. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school outside of Modesto City Schools, you can request an interdistrict transfer from your home high school’s district office. For more information on the IDT process; Open Enrollment; or for an IDT application, click here.

If you are interested in any of the following pathways and want to know what high schools offer them click here:

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Here is more information about the Building & Construction Trades Pathways available at each high school:

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Downey High School

Cabinetmaking, Millwork, & Woodworking

Construction Woodworking Technology

Contact: Steve Garrett

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Residential & Commercial Construction

Construction Technology

Elliott Alternative Education Center

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Residential & Commercial Construction

Construction Technology

Contact: Russ Bianchi

Johansen High School

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Residential & Commercial Construction

Construction Technology

Modesto High School

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Cabinetmaking, Millwork, & Woodworking

Construction Woodworking Technology

Contact: Ryan Poulsen