Construction Academy provides fast track to careers

By David Rookhuyzen
Posted 11/14/19

The two-week Construction Academy offers free training that helps women, minorities, veterans and members of other disadvantaged groups, including the unemployed, launch careers in construction.

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Construction Academy provides fast track to careers

Graduates line up at the Oct. 11 certificate ceremony for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new full-time Construction Academy program in Camp Verde. The pre-apprenticeship program prepares workers across the state for highway construction jobs. [Courtesy of ADOT]
Graduates line up at the Oct. 11 certificate ceremony for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new full-time Construction Academy program in Camp Verde. The pre-apprenticeship program prepares workers across the state for highway construction jobs. [Courtesy of ADOT]
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How much could you accomplish in two weeks? For the participants in our new full-time Construction Academy format, 14 days was enough to give them a leg up in competing for entry-level jobs on construction projects.

As we shared last week, the two-week course advances free training that helps women, minorities, veterans and members of other disadvantaged groups, including the unemployed, launch careers in construction.

The original iteration was 16 weeks, with participants receiving instruction three nights a week.

The first two cohorts to complete the full-time version of the academy recently received their certifications. Another full-time academy wrapped up earlier this month in Phoenix.
But don’t think this was just a crash course.

With those certifications, participants can now work as flaggers on highway projects, obtain commercial driver license permits to drive trucks and show they have met Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety training requirements.

Throw on top of that training in construction math, reading construction plans, work-readiness and resume building and we think you’ll agree that it was two weeks well spent!

But the best part is that ADOT covers the cost for training and fees and even provides personal safety equipment for those with perfect attendance.

If you’ve been thinking that a career in construction might be right for you, we have multiple academies — either the two-week or 16-week variety — scheduled for 2020.

You can find out more information about how to apply for the academy at azdot.gov and search for “Construction Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs.”

David Rookhuyzen is a public information officer for the ADOT.

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