Pathways:
Start Your Career Path

Start your path into the construction industry! Here you will find information on internships, apprenticeships, degree programs, and more.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL CTE PATHWAYS

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).

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HAWAII CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS

Hawaii Construction Career Days (HCCD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high school and middle school students with insights and experience to explore career opportunities in the multi-faceted construction industry.

The first HCCD was held in 2007, and this annual event gives a close-up view of the industry with hands-on experience to hundreds of Hawaii high & middle school students statewide. Each event gives the students the opportunity to operate heavy equipment or engage with interactive educational exhibits, with the goal of giving every student participating a positive, lasting impression that inspires them to choose a career pathway to the construction industry.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Need financial assistance for secondary education? Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can help!

Learn more by visiting the FAFSA site

SCHOLARSHIPS

Thinking of advancing your construction career by attending college? Scholarships can help financially with tuition, rooming, and more!

Visit scholarships.com to see what's available

SECONDARY EDUCATION

APPRENTICESHIPS

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


COLLEGE DEGREES

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.

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HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY (HPU)

General Contractors Association of Hawaii Construction Management Program (Graduate Program)

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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

INTERNSHIPS

Internships give students the opportunity to further their future careers by gaining practical experience in the construction industry.

Inquire with your college or construction company for internship opportunities, or visit the Hawaii is Hiring website for a listing.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER & ADVANCEMENT

CONTRACTORS LICENSE CENTER

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

CONSTRUCTION JOBS

Looking for a job in the construction industry? There are positions in all areas of the industry. Search for construction jobs on:

LinkedIn
Indeed
Hawaii Jobs On Demand

CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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
DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION, GENTRY HOMES