Signing Day host Fred Smoot (r) with Foundation board president John McMahon, ACAD Builds graduate James Gant, and
Miller & Long director of education Romina Byrd, a Montgomery County Board of Education honoree for her distinguished service to public education.
A mentoring and networking job fair for juniors and seniors at IDEA Public Charter School to meet professionals from M.C. Dean; Miller & Long; Ruppert Landscape; Precision Wall Tech; Shapiro & Duncan Mechanical Contractors; CJ Coakley Inc.; and the District Dept. of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division kicked off our employer engagement program leading to ACAD’s first-ever Industry Signing Day ceremony at the 13th Annual Meet the Future Luncheon in May 2019.
United Bank, SunTrust Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation announced grants, including multi-year commitments to support mentoring, job shadowing, and paid internships on Academy of Construction and Design homebuilding projects. Dewalt, Bosch, and Milwaukee donated a “wish list” of power tools and equipment for advanced Carpentry classes and ACAD Builds internship training in the Academy of Construction and Design.
DC Students Construction Trades Foundation is in pre-construction planning on single-family homebuilding sites in Ward 7 that will support work-based learning for ACAD Builds interns citywide.
Vegetables and plants for sale, a healthful cooking
demo, a music DJ, ice cream and great food were highlights in a
day of family fun, as we welcomed students and families, program
partners, and community neighbors to ACAD’s greenhouse and
micro construction site at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast
DC Greens, Ruppert Landscape, and Linda’s
Luncheonette helped make our Youth Farmers Market Community Festival
a success. Miller & Long craftsmen hosted a nail driving contest
that was fun for all ages! ACAD urban garden and micro construction
projects contribute to IDEA’s green school community. See
our photo gallery >>
Building Bright Futures
On May 12, 2017, our 11th annual Meet
the Future scholarship and awards luncheon recognized outstanding
career and technical education scholars in grades 9 through 12.
CTE students who excelled in Academy of Construction and Design
classes and Bright Futures Boot Camp life skills training throughout
the school year earned honors and prizes, including cash awards,
laptop and tablet computers, and scholarships for work- and college
bound seniors. View
photo gallery >>
Students build their careers in high school
Washington Post Real Estate goes inside
the tiny house built by students in the Academy of Construction
The in-depth report looks at why skilled trades
career and technical education is meaningful for students and relevant
in schools today.
ACAD graduate Joshua Atkins, who earned his bachelor’s
degree in architecture from Tuskegee University in 2015, is featured.
American Graduate Day: More Options for Career
and College Readiness
WHUT Television, 10/3/15
East of the River magazine, October 2015
DC Students Construction Trades Foundation
Public Charter School are pleased to announce a partnership
that will expand the skilled trades career and technical education
classes available to IDEA students beginning in fall 2015.
DCSCTF's 10-year-old Academy of Construction and Design
will move to IDEA PCS, complementing IDEA's current course offerings
in architecture, computer-aided design, Microsoft applications,
and JROTC. Students will have the opportunity to learn carpentry,
electrical, and other specialized skills that can lead to paid apprenticeships
as well as careers in such fields as mechanical engineering, construction
management, interior design, and electrical engineering.
At the Academy’s annual Meet the Future
luncheon, students from IDEA Public Charter School joined past and
present Academy students in a special candlelight ceremony, passing
the torch to begin our second decade of providing career and technical
education for students in Washington, DC.
Seniors in the Class of 2015 earned recognition,
honors and more than $14,000 in scholarships and awards. Angely
Garay and Damian Humphries earned top prizes in the annual Norman
Dreyfuss Scholarship Competition. Jamal Fripp and Deavin Judd were
named Sigal Award winners for character, competence and good citizenship.
The Janifer Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Mauri Williams
for achievement in Academy programs. Taylor Herndon and Angely Garay
were the first recipients of awards and scholarships established
by Academy alumni to “give back” and help new graduates
succeed. In addition, Muhtari Juma and Damian Humphries won prizes
for their accomplishments in the Career Fluency Boot Camp, and the
Foundation gave special recognition and appreciation to Associated
Builders and Contractors, Inc. for mentoring students throughout
that writing, career and life skills program.
Meet the Future: Academic + Technical = Opportunity
Did you know for every two jobs that require a
college degree, there are seven jobs that require apprenticeship
training, a one-year certificate or a two-year degree? According
workforce research, these highly skilled jobs are in demand,
and the income for top earners is significantly higher than the
average income for many occupations that require a four-year degree.
Academy of Construction and Design graduates are ready to pursue
any or all of these options. Our annual Meet the Future awards luncheon
recognizes Academy seniors who demonstrate academic and technical
excellence. In the Class of 2014, Aunye'e Waller, Tremayne Chatman,
and Nicole Richbow took top honors in the annual Dreyfuss
Scholarship Competition,while Chester Broadway, and Rodrigo
Rosa earned Life Skills Boot Camp awards. In addition, Tremayne
Chatman won the first-ever $5,000 achievement award established
by SIGAL Construction Companies to support CTE achievement in the
Academy of Construction and Design. Since 2009, work- and college-bound
Academy seniors have been awarded nearly $40,000 in scholarships.
Academy Students Help Build a School in Jamaica
Academy seniors joined a team of more than fifty
volunteers from Maryland-based Ruppert Landscape to help build a
school in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth Parish in February 2014.
The project was part of an international relief effort sponsored
by Food for The Poor. Participating students also presented a donation
of school supplies from the Academy of Construction and Design to
the children who will attend the new elementary school. Ruppert
Landscape has maintained a long CTE partnership with the Academy
of Construction and Design. “We have been impressed with their
program,” says CEO Craig Ruppert, “and with their students
who have demonstrated a real commitment to developing themselves
and improving their skills.”
The Right Tools from A Few Cool Hardware
ACE Hardware owner Michael Friedman (pictured
at far right) and three employees from his D.C. retail group, A
Few Cool Hardware Stores, visited lead carpentry instructor Marshall
Janifer’s second period class bearing gifts. The company donated
$7,000 in tools and hardware to support the Academy’s career
and technical education programs. “If you have ever searched
for just the right tool to complete a project, you know why we are
excited and grateful for this gift,” says Academy director
Shelly Karriem (at center with hard hat).
Let's Build a House
With generous support
from building industry contractors and suppliers, students in
the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo High School helped
transform a vacant lot into a modern, 2,000 square-foot, single-family
property. From groundbreaking in October 2010, through completed
construction in December 2012, Academy students completed 240 industry
accredited training modules on the construction site in Northwest
Norman Dreyfuss Scholarships
Norman Dreyfuss Scholarships are awarded to graduating
seniors who are starting industry jobs or enrolling in college courses
after high school. These recent scholarship candidates describe
their experience in the Academy of Construction and Design: