Career Pathways
Three main career pathways for students to consider pursuing upon exit of the Construction Technology Academy program are an internship program, an apprenticeship program, and college options.

Internship Program

Internships are an important way to provide students an opportunity to explore a career and have opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge from OSD’s Construction Technology Academy in a realistic setting. The model for fourth year graduates is an internship program with strong business partnerships and support services from Vocational Rehabilitation. The internship course is called General Construction.

General Construction—Workplace Experience courses provide work experience in a field related to construction. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, teacher, and employer (although students are not necessarily paid). These courses may include classroom activities as well, involving further study of the field or discussion regarding experiences that students encounter in the workplace.

Apprenticeship program

Students who complete the Construction Technology Academy program through OSD should consider paid apprenticeship experience. This approach is often associated with paid internships, educational advances, references for permanent employment and advancement into journeyman positions within a few years of students’ employment.
  • Apprenticeship Trades
    • Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI)
    • Residential Carpentry at Northwest College of Construction
    • Oregon Apprenticeship
    • Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Division
College Programs

Students who want to pursue some employment that requires a degree or extensive studies might consider a college or university program to pursue after graduation. Students could consider a college or university that offers degrees associated with construction industry to meet their personal goals. Some examples are:
  • Building Construction Technology at Portland Community College (PCC)
  • Engineering & Drafting Technology at Clackamas Community College (CCC)
  • Construction Engineering Management at Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Advanced Technology - Construction Technology at Lane Community College (LCC)
  • South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID)
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
  • Gallaudet University