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.
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.
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.