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Residential Construction Pathway

  • The West Ada Career Technical Education (CTE) Residential Construction Pathway begins at the CTE Center - Renaissance Campus. CTE shuttles provide transportation to and from the center. First year students in level I, learn beginning construction skills in a construction lab and classroom. This gives students starting out in the pathway the tools and allotted space needed to construct small structures such as chicken coops, pet shelters, sheds or work on other small-scale projects in order to simulate and teach the building-block skills needed to advance the following year to level II. As juniors and seniors in levels II and III, students work on a largescale-community construction project. These students no longer go to class at the CTE Center. They are bused or depending on the location, may have permission to drive to the "job site" classroom.  At the more advanced levels, students erect, build, install, paint and do everything needed except for the plumbing, foundation and electrical work. Past graduates have reconstructed mobile classrooms into community medical health facilities, built multiple Habitat for Humanity Homes, and in recent years, completed a Student, Family and Community Resource Center at Peregrine Elementary.  The current advanced-level "job site" projects are done in conjunction with Boise State University's Department of Construction Management as well as, BSU Construction Association student(s) who provide project-management oversight. In addition, several local industry sponsors such as ESI and Sunroc, contribute time, expertise, and needed material donations. Together, these partnerships are the cornerstone of a quality-based construction program.  Beyond the necessary partners, a successful program includes dedicated CTE instructors to ensure that safety protocols are taught and followed, that students receive timely guidance, specific instruction and oversight. Instructors also maintain constant communication and coordination with all stakeholders. The end goal of the pathway is to prepare students to become successfully employed in the field of construction right out of high school, should they choose to go directly into the workforce or, to have the confidence and experiences to go on to college in a related construction management program, or both.

    Pathway classes: (Required: All construction students must wear long pants and closed toe shoes, preferably boots. Shorts are not allowed.)

    Residential Construction I (10th grade; taught at CTE Center - Renaissance Campus)

    Residential Construction II (11th grade; taught at an off-campus job site location)

    Residential Construction III (12th grade; taught at an off-campus job site location; For interested students who want to apply and be interviewed, if selected, they are given an opportunity to do an externship at an ESI jobsite.

    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.