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ccp overview

The Construction Careers Pathway (CCP) Alliance is part of a collaborative effort to provide year-round construction career exploration opportunities for Minnesota youth. It is the intent of the CCP Alliance to provide work-based learning exposure starting in middle school and concluding with a career in the Minnesota construction industry. It also is the intent to have an outreach emphasis given to females and members of minority and immigrant groups who historically have been underrepresented in the construction industry.

To fulfill this effort, the Construction Careers Foundation (CCF) has engaged in strategic partnerships with the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Councils, Apprenticeship Coordinators Association of MN, Construct Tomorrow and participating school districts. On behalf of this collaborative effort, CCF, comprised of contractors, their trade associations and labor leadership, pursue and receive funding to support these collaborative efforts. An overview of CCF and a list of alliance partnerships and funding sources is provided below.

CAP Schools

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 Careers Pathways Team Member what options are available near you. (Click link to form)

It takes a team to get a project done. The Construction Careers 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:

The MN Trades Academy (MTA)

Summer 2021 class size reduced following COVID-19 restrictions.

The MN Trades Academy (MTA) is a paid summer construction internship experience for selected Twin Cities area high school youth. The goal is to help youth prepare for adulthood through life-long learning, skill development, and access to good jobs with good benefits in the construction industry. MTA aspires to provide rich, educational, hands-on experiences for participants that help youth learn about construction as a career choice. To achieve this, the Minnesota Trades Academy offers two tracks:

Track I Introduction
An intern receives an overarching six-week introduction to construction career opportunities within the building trades industry (e.g., carpentry, pipefitting and electrical). Interns are also exposed to industry-related careers such as architecture, surveying, estimating, project management, and design build.

Track II Advanced
This opportunity prepares interns to select a construction career path – union apprenticeship training; construction-related post-secondary tracts; or direct entry into the construction workplace, if desired. Over a nine-week period, interns visit up to 16 different apprenticeship training centers where they receive training and supervision from industry experts as they complete projects using both hand and power tools.


LEARN2BUILD is a summer experience for students in grades 4-9 combining the fun and games of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with exciting activities focused on the construction building trades industry. Kids work individually and in teams to learn about construction concepts and designs. Students build take-home projects replicating “real-world” construction materials and processes. The experience includes a combination of guest builders, team competitions, projects and field trips. The goal is to educate students on opportunities for careers in the construction industry in a fun, hands-on environment.

Contact Mary DesJarlais at for more information.

Summer 2020 Video Project

Construct Tomorrow

Construct Tomorrow provides hands-on educational opportunities for high school youth in the building and construction trades throughout the state of Minnesota. Construct Tomorrow is a not-for-profit organization that offers a construction industry-driven program comprised of apprenticeship training coordinators, contractors, educators, government agencies and community representatives. The program offers resources for youth regarding apprenticeship training as a viable post-secondary option with earn-as-you-learn training and education. The goal of the program is to provide relevant information about apprenticeship career training and opportunities in the construction industry.

Construct Tomorrow accomplishes this by:

  • Hosting engaging and informative events that provide hands-on activities in the trades;
  • Teaming up students with industry leaders and representatives from the various unions;
  • Being inclusive in our efforts by hosting events statewide, in both rural and urban areas; and
  • Providing follow-up services to those participants that express an interest in construction trades.

Helmets To Hardhats

Working in tandem with the national office of Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit organization that introduces military vets to career opportunities in construction, the Construction Careers Foundation is building a Minnesota Helmets to Hardhats program, supported by the Minnesota Legislature. The mission of Helmets to Hardhats is to recruit, retain, assist and support the participation of National Guard, reserve, and active-duty military members and veterans in construction trades apprenticeship programs registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Activities covered under the grant also include connecting active members and veterans with career training and employment opportunities in the building and construction industries.

Helmets to Hardhats Minnesota is led by Justin Rost, a pipefitter and active member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Contact Justin Rost, acting director

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