Pierce County Construction Partnership Building Your Career


Pierce County Construction Partnership

ACE Academy

An industry and education supported magnet school program located in the Puyallup School District.  ACE prepares young adults from eleven Pierce County high schools with knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to pursue architecture, construction and engineering related careers.

Awareness Marketing Campaigns

These campaigns were launched in 2003 and again in 2008 to address the need for broad awareness of the construction industry, construction careers and training opportunities.  One of the outcomes of this effort has been the development and implementation of programs within the K-12 system and programs that expose and link youth to the industry.

Pathways to Apprenticeship

In partnership with Bates Technical College, this event is specifically designed to attract district administrators, principals, teachers and counselors to be able to present to students the idea of “earn while you learn” methodology and the many career pathways that are available through apprenticeship.

Pierce College Construction Management Program

Based on industry support, Pierce College developed a construction management degree program that targets both young students and incumbent workers.  Components include construction-specific content as well as soft skills training in diversity, teamwork, and group dynamics. The program launched in January 2006.

Pierce County Construction Career Day

The event is offered each year for high school students to broaden their knowledge about the construction industry and its multifaceted opportunities in the building, heavy equipment, highway design and engineering areas. The goal is to increase the number of young men and women entering the construction industry.

Pierce County Construction Reception

This event showcased six Pierce County programs that expose, prepare and link youth to the industry and provided a venue by which industry partners can formalize relationships with K-12 by committing resources to sustain, enhance, replicate and grow these exemplary programs.

Pierce County Workforce Development Summit

More than 65 representatives from construction companies, labor, education/training, government, and community-based organizations gathered to discuss challenges of the system and approaches to build better connectivity among construction industry stakeholders


School to Apprenticeship Programs

Cutting Edge
The most recent addition to the expansion of the School to Apprenticeship Program is the sheet metal trade.

Frame Your Future
As a result of Get Electrified program’s success, this youth workforce development model was replicated in the carpentry trade.

Get Electrified
An industry initiated pre-apprenticeship program that provides paid on the job and classroom training to high school youth and directly links them to the electrical apprenticeship program upon high school graduation.  In 2003, Governor Locke presented a Promising Practice award to the “Get Electrified” School to Electrical Apprenticeship Program.