Our Construction Trades program is designed to teach students the basics of residential construction while demonstrating how those skills can apply to a variety of high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers within the industry. In this class, students will work as a team to build a home from foundation to completion, while learning cutting-edge techniques used in both residential and commercial construction. Emphasis is placed on energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmentally friendly practices.
For more information on this program download a Construction Trades brochure.
- OSHA Construction 10-hour Training
- 60 hour Pre-license Builder Training
Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible for the following academic credit (See your high school counselor for more information.): Math, Visual Performing & Applied Arts, 20-hour Online Experience.
Articulated College Credit
Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Davenport University. For information on how to earn articulated credit contact Ms. McClain at the MACTC.
Direct College Credit
Students who successfully complete select MACTC courses may receive direct college credit to specific colleges and universities. Direct credit is currently unavailable for this program. A list of classes that offer direct credit may be found here.
Meet the instructors
The teachers and parapros at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) all come from the industry they now teach.
Instructor: Brian Peets
Bio: A Spring Lake native, Brian has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. A former college baseball player, Brian has a Bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and is working toward his Master's. Brian enjoys hunting, sports, and spending time with his family.
Instructor: Holly Pontius Stout
Bio: Ms. Pontius has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Central Michigan University. Ms. Pontius has worked in residential construction management and custom home construction, as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Paraprofessional: Kirk Kolberg
Bio: Mr. K (as he's called in class) has worked in the construction industry for many years. He enjoys working in the outdoors. Mr. K is active with the luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, as well as beach volleyball and other sports. He also is an avid woodworker and brings a varied construction experience to the team.