Chicago Builds

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Chicago Builds is a two-year off-campus construction training program for 11th and 12th grade CPS students interested in pursuing a profitable career in construction after graduating high school. Students who participate in Chicago Builds receive training in Carpentry, Electricity, Heating and Cooling (HVAC), Welding, and General Construction. Students will also have opportunities to earn certifications, participate in paid work-experiences, earn high school credit, and more!

As part of the regular school day, Chicago Builds classes meet five days a week from 2:30pm – 4:30pm* throughout the school year at the Chicago Builds Construction Campus, located at 3000 S. King Drive (inside Dunbar High School).

*A morning class may be added depending upon interest.

Year I: Students participate in an Introduction to Construction course completing a 10-week rotation in each of the construction pathways. (Electricity, Carpentry, HVAC, Welding) Students learn foundational skills, hear from guest speakers, and develop employability skills.

Year 2: Students specialize in one of the pathway areas to gain in-depth knowledge, related skills, and career specific entrance requirements. Students will also participate in internships, visit union training facilities, complete a capstone project, and prepare for the pre-apprenticeship entrance exam.

Students in Chicago Builds:

  • Gain technical skills needed to start their career
  • Earn industry-recognized certifications
  • Prepare for union entrance exams
  • Visit union training centers
  • Earn money through paid internships
  • Develop a post-secondary plan for success
  • Acquire up to 5 high school credits

Questions? Please contact the Chicago Builds office at ChicagoBuilds@cps.edu, 773-534-0909.

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