Our Story

CCI is a nonprofit training organization providing innovative 21st century pre-apprentice and apprentice programs where people learn the soft and hard skills necessary to bridge the middle-skills gap. We proudly offer a federally-funded YouthBuild program focused on serving high school dropouts, and several industry-supported construction training classes for unemployed and underemployed adults that lead to careers in residential construction.

Our History

Laying the foundation

CCI founders, Michael Smith and David Hicks, recognized a need for construction education while building the Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite, California with underserved youth interns from the San Fransisco Bay area. Over the next several years, David and Michael developed their concept for CCI and raised awareness within the education and construction industries.

Pilot project

In 2011, CCI founders partnered with Colorado Youth at Risk to implement a pilot project through the Home Builders Institute, providing career awareness in the construction trades for urban youth.

Measurable success

CCI partnered with the Youth Services division of the City of Denver's Office of Economic Development to launch a pilot academy model. We achieved 100% completion rate and made measurable success with high school dropout prevention. In June 2013, we received grant funding from The Piton Foundation, which enabled us to fully launch our carpentry program.

New partnerships

In 2014, the Department of Labor awarded CCI a $1.1 million grant to create our own YouthBuild program, Denver YouthBuild. This grant increased the training programs we offered and successfully brought academic achievement through GED and college classes into our program offerings. In 2014, we also became an approved training partner of Workforce Initiative Now (WIN), to prepare the next generation of workers for local transit infrastructure projects.

Expanding our programs

In 2015, we launched the Training Toolkit to share our construction training expertise with other schools and YouthBuild programs. We also brought our training programs into local high schools with our Building Pathways program.

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