Carpentry/Building Trades, Course Description

Goals and Objectives:

Goal #1 – To help under-resourced communities take steps towards self-sufficiency by reducing
the skills gap.


  • Offer experiential based skills training in construction and building maintenance leading to industry recognized stack-able certifications

  • Implement Core Construction Craft training with certification by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

  • Integrate Core Construction Craft Training modules with soft skills training, case management and job placement

Goal #2 – To develop partnerships that promote long-term sustainable communities through collaboration.

  • Align training opportunities with CDPS Rising Above Program to connect students with career pathways

  • Provide employers with a source of untapped talent and align placement with workforce partners

  • Expand opportunities to engage entry-level participants as certified training creates opening to back-fill with individuals beginning a career track to the trades

Goal #3 – To ensure students and participants as well as future generations are less dependent on public support in reaching life goals.


  • Expand the labor force participation by building upon the general skills needed for residential upkeep to include Certified Construction Craft Training

  • Partner with NCCER to maintain updated standardized training leading to credentials in demand sectors

  • Expand the skilled workforce in Cuyahoga County through skills that are transferable to other occupations through entrepreneurial pursuits as well as employment at institutions such as hospital facilities

Description of Training Modules

Carpentry Building Trades Training (Construction Technology Courses)

– Modules (12 weeks of 24 hours per week) are designed to introduce students to the core group of skills in drywall framing, material selection and handling, drywall construction and finishing.

The purpose of our core programming is to combine certified trades instruction that will prepare successful students with the skills necessary for entry to mid-level jobs in the construction trades.

The employability training is contextual, providing a basis for understanding the importance of soft skills and how it effects to work of all team members at a work site.  CDPS’s unique training combines these work-related skills with training in carpentry and building maintenance to help students stand out among other job applicants.


Graduates of this training will learn to carry out tasks with accuracy, efficiency and completeness.  Instructors explain the steps, demonstrate the tasks, and coach the students throughout the process.

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Akron Office

Carpentry & Building Trades Training
180 East South Street,
Akron, Ohio 44311

Cleveland Office
26300 Cedar Rd. Beachwood, Ohio 44122