Residential and Commercial Construction

Career Pathway

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Start prepping NOW for your dream job or work-anywhere trade skills!

Build a Strong Foundation for a Rewarding Career in Construction

Are you fascinated with construction and building? Do you find yourself dreaming about architecture or woodwork all day long? Do you love working with your hands? If this sounds like you, then a career in the residential and commercial building and construction industry could be exactly what you’re built for. This program presents a unique and invaluable opportunity to get a head start on your dream career. In addition to providing California state certification in safety and sanitation, the program is ideal for anyone who wants to lay down a strong foundation in the building and construction fields.

What You'll Learn

From 9th grade upward, enroll in A-G approved courses to start preparing for your career in the building and construction industry. Classes include:

  • CTE Intro Construction
  • CTE Con Construction
  • CTE Cap Construction

What You’ll Do

Take what you’re learning in the classroom into the real world and experience for yourself all that awaits you in the time-honored but ever-evolving building and construction industry. Hands-on, immersive experiences include:

  • Leadership roles and opportunities
  • Guest speaker visits
  • Tour of local businesses
  • Job-shadowing at local construction sites
  • Internship opportunities

Who You Can Be

Kickstart your career path with top-tier academic instruction and industry-leader insights. The Commercial and Residential Construction program prepares you for potential careers such as:

  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Professional
  • Job Site Foreman
  • Architect

Industry Average Wages: $36,000-$95,260

Projected Industry Growth: 5-8%

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What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Residential and Commercial Construction CTE track prepares students for successful careers in the building and construction industries. In this course, students (9th grade and up) learn a wide range of vital skills such as safety planning and design, instruction in woodworking with machine tool operation, wood finishing processes, wood turning lathe, advanced machine tool usage and proper preparation for professional employment. The program is based at Ventura High School and leads directly to VUSD’s Residential and Commercial Construction pathway. Students learn and sharpen skills in both individual and group situations and settings, and internship opportunities are also available. Students also take field trips to learn directly from professionals and experience real-world working scenarios at area businesses and construction sites. Students emerge from this information- and experience-rich program with enhanced skills, confidence, safety certification and more.

College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

2 Year

AS Construction Management - Ventura College

4 Year

BS Construction Management - CSU Channel Islands