Plan The Future

Elementary School

Students in grades K-5 can learn more about construction through books, hands-on activities, coloring pages, and fun videos.

Middle School

Explore the different crafts in the construction industry based on interests

Research technical high schools in the area. Speak with guidance counselors to find out the different course offerings and what steps to take to enroll.

High School

Students grades 9-12 can explore the construction industry through our provided tips and education videos detailing how to start a career in construction.

Freshman/Sophomore

Enroll in career and technical education (CTE) courses with a construction or architecture focus. High school guidance counselors can provide information about which CTE courses are offered and what steps students need to take to enroll.

Research the difference between apprenticeship or craft training programs, technical or community colleges and four-year degrees. Students may be able to join a pre-apprenticeship once they are 16-years old to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Juniors

Enroll in or continue taking career and technical education (CTE) classes with a construction or architecture focus.

Discuss the differences between apprenticeship or craft training programs, technical or community colleges, and four-year degrees. Students planning on pursuing a four-year degree related to construction management should take the SAT or ACT to prepare for college applications.

Locate local pre-apprenticeship or craft training programs for on-the-job experience.

Explore the possible crafts and salaries available in the construction industry.

Seniors

Ensure students are on track to graduate at the end of the year by checking in with the school’s guidance counselor at the beginning of the year.

Explore possible crafts and salaries available in the construction industry.

Discuss the differences between the industrial, commercial and residential construction, and research the top companies in each sector for potential opportunities.

Enroll in or continue taking career and technical education (CTE) classes with a construction or architecture focus.

Prepare for and take the SAT or ACT if pursuing a four-year degree related to construction.

Review apprenticeship or craft training programs or technical or community college if pursuing construction education.

Consider contacting or visiting any options that are of interest to learn about the next steps and how to apply.

Post Secondary Options

Receive degrees, diplomas or certification in all aspects of the construction industry, from AutoCAD drafting and civil engineering to diesel and heavy equipment technology and construction management here in Connecticut…the right program is waiting for you!

Apprenticeships or Craft Training

  • CT Building Construction Trades Apprenticeship Programs
  • Apply for apprenticeships or craft training programs.
    • In a construction apprenticeship program, apprentices learn skills and knowledge from experienced craft professionals. Examples of craft specializations that might be taught through an apprenticeship include carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and welding.
    • The qualifications to become an apprentice are dependent upon the program, but in most cases minimum requirements include being at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Some apprentices start right after high school, while others are individuals transitioning to a new career.
  • Research companies that have training programs in place to begin earning while learning directly out of high school.

Community College or Technical High School

Research community colleges or technical high schools of interest to determine application steps, admission deadlines, and requirements.

Four-Year Degree

Research colleges and universities of interest to determine application steps, admission deadlines, and requirements. There are various four-to-five-year programs that offer construction-related degrees.

Explore companies that offer internships to begin gaining hands-on experience while in school.

Internships

Other Resources

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