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CAP Schools

What is a CAP school?

CAP is short for Construction Apprenticeship Preparation. It’s a program that is offered at a growing number of Minnesota high schools. CAP schools provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in the construction building trades career fields while using the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3). The MC3 is a nationally recognized, comprehensive apprenticeship-readiness training curriculum, and offers a pathway towards a construction career.

According to North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), Minnesota leads the nation with our Construction Apprenticeship Preparation (CAP) Schools. A CAP school specializes in construction career-focused learning (such as welding, solar, plumbing and carpentry) that provides training opportunities, hands-on skills practice, guest speakers, field trips and overall industry awareness. Each school offers different courses and opportunities. Not enrolled at a CAP school? Ask your guidance counselor or a Construction Career Pathways Team Member what options are available near you. (Click link to form)

It takes a team to get a project done. The Construction Career Foundation (CCF), Minneapolis and St. Paul Building Trades Councils, Union Training Centers, community groups, construction owners and contractors, and government agencies support your Minnesota CAP schools. The following schools are participating as a premier CAP school throughout Minnesota:

CAP School programs are changing the lives of Minnesota high school students. Learn about the impact of these programs at these high schools: