Teen Construction + Design Institute

Construction + Design Institute
Explore careers in construction, interior design, and architecture.

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Institute Summary

The teen Construction + Design Institute (C+DI) exposes teens to various careers in construction, interior design and architecture, connects them with industry professionals and prepares them to market themselves as future tradesmen and women.

Institute Details

Teens participating in their school’s internship program or seeking an internship are qualified to participate.  Through C+DI students are exposed to careers and work experiences in construction, architecture and interior design.  Once enrolled students will be interns of Mission Accomplished Transition Services. Student interns will participate in an extensive career mentorship and coaching program to prepare them to work on a short term construction, interior design or architecture project alongside industry professionals.

The Institute addresses the barriers into the construction + design industry, particularly for women and Black Indigenous People of Color, by providing aspiring teen tradesmen/women and creatives with the necessary knowledge, experience and connections to prepare themselves to follow an path that requires skilled tradespeople while making an impact in their communities.

Weekly interactive and student centered workshops are developed and delivered in partnership with industry professionals.

Time commitment: 9 hours per week (October – June)

  • work two times per week at our office
  • work remotely one time per week from home or other location

Students will:

    • Gain access to local inspirational industry professionals
    • Learn about the career journeys and requirements from industry professionals
    • Strengthen their business etiquette skills and knowledge
    • Develop team building skills
    • Develop self-discipline in the workplace through remote work
    • Develop public speaking and professional writing skills
    • Explore various careers
    • Shadow local business leaders in their desired trade of interest
    • Are paired with 1-2 mentors that help them develop, pursue and achieve personal, professional and academic goals



of students say the Institute helps them explore careers they did not consider before


of students are paired with an industry mentor


of students secured employment (2018-2019 school year)


of students were referred to and enrolled in additional career and college readiness programs (2018-2019 school year)

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Contact Us

To learn more about the high school based Construction + Design Institute,
contact us or call us at (518) 207-0209.


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