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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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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C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through construction. With veteran leadership and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.
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