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4 Ways to Kick Start Your Virtual Construction Education

While students and educators cannot physically meet at this time, there are still plenty of opportunities to engage in construction education available to you now. Whether you’re looking to explore if this is the industry for you, kick start your career, or enhance your current skillset, Build California has the resources you need. Here are 4 ways to get started in your virtual construction education.

 

1. Explore the Industry

 

Students can bring architecture, construction, and engineering education into their own home with this list of activities from our partner ACE Mentor Program. They offer a range of activities, including history lessons, gaming apps, building lessons, and more. These are a great way not only for students to stay entertained, but to also explore pathways for a potential future career.

 

2. Keep Your Tools Sharp

 

Online courses and projects can help keep your mind agile. When entering apprenticeship programs, you’ll likely be tested on your basic math skills — refresh your math skills with a free course from Stanford University.

 

Are you bored at home and want to test your creativity? CTE Online offers tools for teachers and students to learn at-home construction projects.

Or, are you curious about what you can build with a set of cards or that old set of LEGO? The James Dyson Foundation created 44 engineering projects to try at home.

 

3. Build On Your Skills

 

Industry workers have the opportunity to build on existing skillsets with online resources.

 

San Diego G&E has courses available for students and professionals to learn skills in utility construction.

 

Or, Procore, a Build California founder, has a library of free online construction courses and activities for construction professionals.

Activities: Learn about plan reading and BIM with educational lessons and engaging online activities. Sign up here.

Courses: Elevate your skill set by enrolling in Procore Continuing Education courses. Click here to explore more than 100 different courses.

 

4. Level Up and Get Certified

 

Take your career to new heights with additional certifications. Renew your OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 certification, pursue your Project Management Professional (PMP), or stand out as a leader in green building and become a LEED professional.

 

As always, explore careers and training pathways on Build California’s interactive website. Watch videos on careers, check application dates, and stay tuned for more online resources in the future.

 

Additional Resources:

Covid-19 Resources for Remote Learning

Online Business and IT Training

Learning at Home: Parents and Carers’ Guide

Learning Keeps Going

Sharpen Your Saw: Training Resources for Construction PMs

 

We hope that these resources inspire you to keep learning and growing in the construction industry.

 

Want to know more? Sign up to learn more about jobs and training pathways across the state by clicking here!

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