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It has been a longtime dream for Principal Alan Thimmig and Career and Technical Instructor Matt Fackelman to develop a program that prepares students for trade work, specifically high-demand jobs in construction. 

“Going back to 2015, even years before that, Mr. Thimmig and his team had a vision to build something that meets the needs of our students and growing community,” said Academy District 20 Superintendent J. Thomas Gregory.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony inducted the official home-building program, in partnership with Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC). Over the next two years, students will build a home on cylinder blocks, before it’s finished by the Home Builders Association and then donated to a local family.

Nearly 40 students in three classes are enrolled the program.

“Construction is booming in Colorado Springs and just in time for these young people to learn tremendous jobs right here under their own roof,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

“These students will graduate from high school with firsthand experience on a job site, dealing with the intricacies of trade operations and the many steps to building a home. As a homebuilder, I can tell you, that’s huge!” George Hess, CICC’s Chairman, said.