Construction Trades

Construction Trade students setting a wall.Contruction Trades student installing wood flooring.

Course Overview

Students learn carpentry, masonry, drywall and roofing as they build an entire house from start to finish. OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety certification and Michigan 60-Hour Pre-license Builder training are available in addition to fourth-year math and college credit. Related careers include, but are not limited to, skilled trades like plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and masonry as well as drywall, painting, construction management, estimating, sales, and design.

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College Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Davenport University and Washtenaw Community College. For information on how to earn articulated credit contact Lindsay Pulsipher at the CTC.

Students who successfully complete select CTC courses may receive direct college credit to specific colleges and universities. Direct credit is currently unavailable for this program. Our direct credit flier has a list of all participating classes.

Instructor Bios

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. 

Instructor: Lonnie (Chip) Vasquez
Bio: Chip is a 1993 graduate of Mona Shores High School. After graduation he moved to Gainesville, Florida where he pursued a career in professional golf before moving back to the area to take advantage of a golf scholarship at Muskegon Community College. Since then he has work construction as well as coached girl's lacrosse. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and watching college football.

Paraprofessional: Dawson Postema
Bio: Dawson is a 2019 graduate of Whitehall High School. He's also a former CTC Construction Trades student! In 2016, Dawson started his own construction business, Exceptional Exteriors, LLC. In his free time he enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, and boating.

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State of Michigan Curriculum Segments

  1. Safety, Health, and Environmental
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Employability Skills and Technology Skills
  4. Construction Materials
  5. Construction Tools and Equipment
  6. Building Construction Design--blueprint, etc.
  7. Site preparation and infrastructure
  8. Common construction practices--concepts flooring, foundation, etc
  9. Residential Construction Techniques (Carpentry)
  10. Green Technology Construction Techniques
  11. Heavy Equipment/Civil Construction Techniques
  12. Construction Business Management
15 School Districts
16 Program Areas
16 Years in Operation
31 Educators
839 Students