A strong demand for workers continues in the Building Trades and Construction industry sector, and that demand increases as populations, businesses, and local economies expand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is among the top ten of the nation’s industries, constituting almost 5 percent of the total national gross domestic product. In California, the long-term (2004–16) occupational projection for the Building Trades and Construction industry includes a need to fill 17,790 new jobs and provide 17,920 replacement workers as members of the current workforce retire or leave. In some trades in the state, an increase of more than 30 percent in the number of available jobs is expected over the next 10 years. Nationally, more than one million construction jobs will be created over the next decade, with job categories ranging from laborers to engineers to contractors.
Benefits of Taking This Pathway
In Building Trades and Construction industry sector classes, activities range from general or exploratory skills to job-specific skills that prepare students to select and pursue career paths through postsecondary training, work experience education, apprenticeships, and postsecondary education. The classes incorporate and apply academic core content to career-related education. These interdisciplinary approaches provide students with strong foundation skills and advanced skills in the career field of their choice, allowing students to exit programs and enter occupations directly or pursue further specialty training.
Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) Level 1
This is a training program which combines classroom work in unpaid, on-the-job experience related to careers with construction. The class will include hands-on experience in solar design and installation of photovoltaic panels in addition to carpentry/framing, electrical, construction laborer, painting, etc.. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an installation of solar panels on a home in West Sacramento. Students who complete this course will obtain a Power Tool Safety Certificate.
Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) Level 2
An advanced construction training program which combines classroom work in unpaid, on-the-job experience related to careers with construction. The class will include advanced techniques in solar energy design, carpentry and framing, electrical, construction labor, painting, etc. Students have the opportunity to participate in an installation of solar panels on a home in West Sacramento. Graduating students explore apprenticeship opportunities with local unions. Students who complete the pathway will be obtain a CTE Construction Management Completion certificate as well as a Forklift Safety Certificate.
Advanced Construction Technology
In order for a student to maximize their industry readiness and to receive a CTE pathway graduation cord, they will need to complete all courses within the pathway.