11th & 12th GRADE
High School Program
For students in Hamilton County Schools interested in a construction-focused career path, this dual enrollment program with Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State was developed by construction employers to prepare students to be “employment-ready” upon graduation.
Our goal 100% placement for every graduating student in a job or pathway towards continuing education in construction.
Students will receive at least 5 certifications in construction through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a nationally recognized certification program, paid work-based learning opportunities to earn while you learn, and the opportunity to connect with regional construction employers and leaders.
WHO CAN ATTEND
Our program is open to any Hamilton County Schools 11th and 12th-grade students who have shown interest in and aptitude for a construction-focused career path.Transportation is provided from the current feeder schools; Brainerd, East Ridge, and the Howard High School.Students will attend their home school for half of the day and the Construction Career Center the other half of the day.
Any rising junior or senior outside of the feeder schools, who is interested in enrolling, can apply during Hamilton County School Choice period, November 13 through January 31st.
Students can contact their school guidance counselor or CCC at 423-654-8247 for more information.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sessions will begin with classroom instruction to prepare students before going into the construction lab for hands-on instruction. Employers from the construction industry will often work with students in the labs and offer demonstrations and job expectations.
Students must be prepared to follow a code of conduct that would be expected on any live construction site. Students must be on time and in proper PPE, follow safety protocol, and act in a professional manner at all times.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of all facets of construction so that students understand the basic premise of building a skyscraper from under the ground to the roof. As such, students will get exposure to all of the construction trades and gravitate to the trade that suits them best.
WORK BASED LEARNING
Students will have the opportunity to work with construction companies, primarily members of AGC East Tennessee, as a part of the curriculum. Students will “earn as they learn” in this opportunity to connect with potential full-time employers.