Dane County School Consortium

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A Leader in Youth Apprenticeship Programs

Architecture and Construction YA

14. Cosntruction2The Architecture and Construction career cluster comprises one of the largest industries in the United States. Careers ranging from architecture to welding are found within this particular cluster. According to the Department of Labor, the construction industry is the second largest employer in the U.S.


The Wisconsin Architecture and Construction Youth Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide students with a working understanding of occupational and technical skills in one of the seven pathways within the Architecture and Construction industry.

This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on the Construction Pathway. Students participating in this pathway will choose between the skilled trades of Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry/Concrete, Mechanical/HVAC, and Plumbing/Sprinkler Fitting.

Check out this Student Career Info video on DCSC Construction Students

Construction Brochure


Construction pathway, students will choose one pathway within the skilled trade areas for a one year level one program and two units for a level two or two year program. Students will complete the core employability, safety and certifications in OSHA and First Aid.
The pathways they will choose from within the skilled trades include:
-Carpentry
-Electrical
-Masonry/Concrete
-Mechanical/HVAC
-Plumbing/Sprinkler Fitting

Design/Pre-Construction pathway, students will work with drafting and architectural technical documents in the first year along with the core employability. Students will acquire basic concepts needed to read, edit, and create architectural drawings. The second year allows Architecture and Construction students to develop further skills in architectural planning and in specific residential and/or commercial design pieces.

Please review the skills checklist to find out what skills will be covered.

For Parents:The number of architecture firms and businesses in Dane County is limited. Please help us connect with business, if you know of a great placement for your student.

  • Apply for the program during second semester of junior year in high school
  • Be on track for graduation
  • Display a genuine interest in the Construction Pathway
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On-track for high school graduation
  • Successfully complete computer-assisted design (CAD) training
  • Compile a professional portfolio of designs to show businesses during interviews
  • Not a prerequisite, but students are encouraged to successfully complete at least one job-shadow experience prior to applying for this program

Youth Apprenticeship students in the Construction program will often take classes at their home high schools during their Junior Year. Many schools will offer the National Center for Construction Education Curriculum (NCCER) at their high school however this is not required for students graduating from the Youth Apprenticeship Program.
OSHA 10 and First Aid training are required.

For 2016-17 school year, DCSC will offer a Commercial Construction course  located at McFarland High School.

Construction YA Flyer 2017-18 class