Colorado construction is plugging the gap with an academy

Colorado construction is plugging the gap with an academy

Shimai Hunter works on a two-by-four at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy. She wants to get into the construction industry in hopes of better pay and a more flexible schedule.
Michael Smith, director of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, stands in the donated space where students learn the basics of construction.
Anthony Lee Lucero graduated from the Colorado Homebuilding Academy in April. After 30 years in the food industry, Lucero now works as a maintenance technician.
This photo from March 2014 shows roofers working on a new home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Pat Hamill, CEO of Oakwood Homes on the Front Range, worried about a shortage of workers skilled in homebuilding, contacted Michael Smith with his idea for a trade school. The idea has blossomed into what is now the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, and Smith is now the school’s director.

Colorado construction is plugging the gap with an academy

Shimai Hunter works on a two-by-four at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy. She wants to get into the construction industry in hopes of better pay and a more flexible schedule.
Michael Smith, director of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, stands in the donated space where students learn the basics of construction.
Anthony Lee Lucero graduated from the Colorado Homebuilding Academy in April. After 30 years in the food industry, Lucero now works as a maintenance technician.
This photo from March 2014 shows roofers working on a new home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Pat Hamill, CEO of Oakwood Homes on the Front Range, worried about a shortage of workers skilled in homebuilding, contacted Michael Smith with his idea for a trade school. The idea has blossomed into what is now the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, and Smith is now the school’s director.
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