Our learning labs hold classes that are available to students in high school, college, military, and industry.
The most advanced woodworking lab in the country sits inside a Colorado Classroom.
The curriculum was developed by Dean Mattson (WMIA Education Award 2013) and formalized in conjunction with the Peyton School District.
The MiLL has partnered with The Home Builders Institute (HBI). Students are taught a program that standardizes all residential construction processes.
HBI has created a program to standardize residential construction education in the United States, ensuring that building employers are able to hire employees who are job ready on the first day!
All students who complete the construction course will participate in the award-winning Pre-apprentice Certificate Training System (PACT).
PACT – Based on HBI National Construction Skill Standards and Green Building Standards.
Learn More About the Construction Training Program
The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA) and the Associated General Contractors-Colorado (AGC-C) have supported District 3’s construction program since 2017 and are now helping facilitate the process of students building a home through their new 501(c)(3) non-profit, Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC).
Through the CICC Home Build Program, students will construct a modular home designed by Clayton Homes, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Group. Students will use the skills they have learned in the classroom setting including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and OSHA 10 safety to construct a new home on school grounds.
This important relationship with the building industry has provided WSD3 a truly unique community partner. The building materials for the home build will be donated by CICC, industry professionals will provide on-site support and oversight, and students will have the opportunity to meet and work with officials from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department to ensure they are building the home safely and up to code.
The home will eventually be moved off-campus and sold by CICC, allowing students the opportunity to see the full completion of a construction project on a larger scale.
Students have already assembled scale balsa wood models as a physical representation of the home they will build this semester. The finished home is 44’ by 27’ and is built in two sections. The floor plan is 1200 square feet with three bedrooms and one bathroom.