With so many careers within the construction industry, there is most likely a path for you! From high school to your professional career, there are numerous educational opportunities and steps to further your knowledge and skillset.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) affords opportunities to ALL students interested in acquiring the academic, technical, and employability skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and/or high-demand careers.
There are 2 pathways for construction: Building and Construction (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Systems and Residential and Commercial Construction) and Architectural Design and Engineering Technology (Architectural Design (AD) and Engineering).
A week-long construction industry experience for students at select high schools. Students participate in classroom sessions, learning about topics such as jobsite safety, plan reading, estimating, and scheduling, and working on hands-on construction projects (in 2022: widening sidewalks and installing pre-cast concrete benches, and building new picnic benches).
The last event was held from October 3 - 7, 2022 at Waipahu high school, with students from Kapolei, Pearl City, and Waipahu. For a recap video, photos, and a list of sponsors: CLICK HERE
Registered Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that combines On-the-Job Learning with Related Training Instruction, which allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades and occupations.
State of Hawaii Workforce Development Division - Apprenticeship Program:
List of Hawaii Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs*:
*This list does not reflect the latest updates on certain programs
National Construction Apprenticeship Programs:
Several construction industry professions require a college degree. Architecture, engineering, and accounting are a few examples. See below for information on getting your degree in a construction industry profession.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM
UH College of Engineering
UH College of Engineering - Construction Engineering
UH School of Architecture
Hawaii Community College (Hilo) - Construction Academy
Hawaii Community College (Hilo) - Architecture, Engineering & Construction Technologies
UH Maui College - Construction Technology
Ready to get your contractor's license but don't know where to start? The Contractors License Center can help you with exam prep courses and next steps.
More information here
The GCA Construction Leadership Council (CLC) serves as a resource for the next generation of GCA of Hawaii members. The CLC acts as a conduit for upcoming leaders to network, exchange ideas about work and the industry, and to further develop leadership and professional skills.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLC
INTERESTED IN THE CLC, CLICK HERE
The light just goes off, and they go, construction, okay, that’s an option.JONATHAN KAM