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about the training

Hamilton County’s Construction Career Center is a 28,000 square-foot vocational workforce center for construction trades that offers education and training for up to 200 Hamilton County high school students and TCAT adult learners.

The project is a collaboration between the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee and several city and county organizations. It aims to combat the labor shortage in the construction industry.

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For High School Students in 11th and 12th Grades

For students in Hamilton County Schools interested in a construction-focused career path, this dual enrollment program with Chattanooga State was developed by construction employers to prepare students to be employment-ready upon graduation. Our goal 100% placement for every graduating student in a job or pathway towards continuing education in construction. Students will receive at least 5 certifications in construction through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a nationally recognized certification program, work-based learning opportunities to earn while you learn, and the opportunity to connect with regional construction employers and leaders.


This program is for 11th and 12th grade students who have shown interest and aptitude for a construction-focused career path. Feeder schools for the program in the first year are The Howard School and East Ridge High School, which have Future Ready Institutes for Construction in place. Students will attend their primary school in the morning or afternoon and will be transported to the Construction Career Center for instruction the other half of the day. Transportation is provided.

Any student in a Hamilton County School may attend but must have prerequisite courses, including Structures 1, OSHA 10, and Core Construction. Students should contact their high school counselor to learn how to obtain those prerequisite courses.

Students must be prepared to follow a code of conduct that would be expected on any live construction site. Students must be on time and in proper PPE, follow safety protocol, and act in a professional manner at all times.

Sessions will begin with classroom instruction to prepare students before going into construction lab for hands-on instruction. Employers from the construction industry will often work with students in the labs and offer demonstrations and job expectations.

The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of all facets of construction so that students understand the basic premise of building a skyscraper from under the ground to the roof. As such, students will get exposure to all of the construction trades and gravitate to the trade that suits them best.

Students will have the opportunity to work a semester for a construction company, primarily members of AGC East Tennessee, as a part of the curriculum. Students will “earn as they learn” in this opportunity to connect with potential full-time employers.


For Adult Learners

For adults interested in a career in construction, this one-year program will prepare you for immediate placement in a job, union pathway, or for continuing your education in a construction-related degree. This course is part of the the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Chattanooga.

Employers in the construction industry will be working with educators at the Construction Career Center to provide hands-on demonstrations, job site visits, mentorships, and paid work-based learning opportunities. Our goal is 100% placement for every student going through the program.

The Building Construction Technology Program’s mission is to teach adult and dual-enrolled high school students skills related to the fundamentals of carpentry, construction and residential electrical wiring, construction and residential plumbing, foundation methods, masonry block, and brick laying. In addition, a core craft skills section includes safety, math, tools, rigging, communications, and employability skills. The program includes a study involving work ethics that incorporates proper workplace attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communications, cooperation, and respect.

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