School Partnership Program for Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Igniting a Passion.

K-12 School Partnership Program | Mentoring Students

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides today’s students with the skills and education required for tomorrow’s jobs. As schools prepare students to be college and career-ready, creating business partnerships is essential to building strong programs and curricula.

Fond du Lac High School ACE Academy

C.D. Smith’s School Partnership Program was developed to provide needed support to schools to help close the skills gap for kids entering the workforce after high school. The program offers students real-world experiences in skilled-trades careers.

Tricia Muellenbach Director of Educational Markets at C.D. Smith Construction


“For me, the most rewarding projects to work on are schools. Not only do we get to build outstanding educational spaces; we are also given the opportunity to share our passion for construction with kids.”


Tricia Muellenbach, Director of Educational Markets

The Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Academy is designed to provide students with a broad scope of technical skills. The curriculum is an introduction to construction, architecture and engineering industries and provides relevant course study combined with hands-on opportunities. Through our partnership, C.D. Smith professionals are available for mentoring students in the classroom and on the jobsite. Students learn industry terminology, technology, safety protocol and gain exposure to a day in the life of a trades worker.

ACE students pose with their C.D. Smith Construction field mentors

Fond du Lac ACE Academy students worked side-by-side with our masons to install exterior brick on a storage shed at Fond du Lac High School. This hands-on experience exposed students to a masonry career. 

Terry Owens, Vice President of Field Operations at C.D. Smith Construction


“There is a huge opportunity for hard workers to earn a really good living in the trades. Employers are seeking a show-up, get-it-done right workforce, and these ACE students are demonstrating just that.”


Terry Owens, Vice President of Field Operations

Whether a high school senior interested in entering the trades or a first grader who loves heavy equipment, C.D. Smith’s school construction projects have a lasting impact on students.


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