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Construction Trades Foundation Named One of the National Capital Region’s Best Nonprofits
DC Students Construction Trades Foundation has been selected, from a competitive field of more than 200 local organizations, to be featured in the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy:Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based nonprofits.

“It is an honor to be included in the Catalogue’s publications for prospective donors,” says Foundation Program Director Beth Moore. “Being selected for the second time reflects our growth as a highly effective provider of skilled trades career and technical education for youth and adults in the District of Columbia.”

Beginning in fall 2015, the Foundation will sponsor the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School, combining skilled trades training and rigorous academic curriculum at one of Washington’s top-performing high schools. The Foundation also sponsors the DC Apprenticeship Academy, offering all levels of related instruction courses for employees of contractors doing business in the District of Columbia. These evening classes help working adults gain career-enhancing credentials while balancing home life and employment. As an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor, the Foundation provides technical assistance to help community-based nonprofit partners implement the performance-based NCCER curriculum with certified instructors.

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness.

In November 2015, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive the print Catalogue highlighting the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation’s programs and services for youth and adults. In addition, a Foundation profile will be featured on the Catalogue’s website through 2017.


Bright Futures Boot Camp
May 7, 2015 — Students in the Academy of Construction and Design put their academic, technical, career and life skills lessons into action in one-on-one mentoring and networking with hiring managers from Associated Builders and Contractors national headquarters, M.C. Dean, Shapiro & Duncan Mechanical Contractors, Property Group Partners, Sigal Construction and other regional and national employers. The event wraps up the Academy's Bright Futures Boot Camp, a yearlong series of workshops and lunch-and-learn sessions on writing, life skills, effective interviewing, social media etiquette, business networking, and other career development tools. With generous grant support from the Bethesda, MD-based Acacia Foundation, the Bright Futures Boot Camp equips graduating seniors to succeed on the job and at college.



Build a House – Build a Future
The District Department of Housing and Community Development approved and finalized a donation of property to the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation for use in career and technical education programs. The vacant residential lot in Northwest Washington became a dedicated field training site for students enrolled in training programs for carpentry, electrical, HVAC and other trade specialties in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus. Read more on our project website.


Harris’ Heroes salutes Academy of Construction and Design instructors and professionals on loan from area contractors, as they teach students skilled construction trades on a neighborhood site in Northwest Washington. ABC 7 News

Students describe impact of CTE courses on their high school experience and plans after graduation. WUSA 9 News.

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