Construction Technologies

Certified by the National Home Builders Institute, students learn construction, renovation skills and explore new “green” building technologies.  They can also earn an OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certificate.  Students receive extensive training in home energy efficiency and have the opportunity to receive a Home Energy Analyst & Technician (HEAT) Certificate.  This program also has work-based learning including opportunities with Habitat for Humanity.

Characteristics of a successful student:

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Interest and some ability in technical area
  • Parental support of the career and technical education (CTE) program

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district:

  • Design and Drawing for Production
  • Material Processing
  • Architectural Drawing and Design
  • Residential Structures
  • AutoCAD
  • Basic Woodworking
  • Geometry

Curriculum and materials used:

  • Residential Construction Academy-Carpentry, Vogt, Delmar Publishing
  • Carpentry, Koel, American Technical Publishers
  • Numerous technical manuals and instruction booklets
  • Residential wiring instructional materials

Construction students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas:

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program:

Alfred State College
BLCT 1022 Wood Fab Tech 1 (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1132 Estimating I (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1142 Masonry I (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1021College & Life Skills (1 credit hour)
BLCT 3423 Bldg Constr-Math&Est (3 credit hours)
BLCT 3453 Plumbing Trade Safety (3 credit hours)
Hudson Valley Community College
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies (3 credit hours)
CNST 130 Principles and Practices for Light Construction
(3 credit hours)
SUNY Delhi
CARP 130 Light Frame Construction (3 credit hours)
CARP 150 Finish Carp. Theory (3 credit hours)
ARCH 110 CARD (4 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities:

  • Carpenter
  • Construction Manager
  • Contractor
  • Energy Auditor
  • Home Improvement Sales Associate
  • Lumber Yard Employee
  • Roofer
  • Weatherization Specialist


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification
Home Energy Analyst & Technician (HEAT) Certification
Building Analyst Certification

Technical endorsement:

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Carpentry

To earn a CTE technical endorsement on their diploma, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Earn the minimum 22 credits for HS graduation in NYS
  • Pass the minimum 5 required regents exams (ELA, 1 Math, 1 Science, US History and Global History)
  • Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Consultant Committee:

  • BBL Construction Services
  • Capital Region BOCES
  • Carpenter’s Union
  • Columbia Opportunities Inc.
  • Community Action of Greene County
  • Crawford & Associates
  • Curtis Lumber
  • Dimensions North, LTD
  • Dutchess County Community College
  • Ed Herrington, Inc.
  • HVCC
  • Mario’s Home Centers
  • Martino Design and Contracting
  • Michaels Group
  • National Grid
  • Northeast Health Systems
  • Otterbeck Builders
  • Petersen Geller Spruge
  • Turner Construction
  • University at Albany
  • Williams Lumber


Construction Chart
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This graph represents nine data points that are considered important when assessing CTE program effectiveness at Questar III. A lower (or higher) rating than the average may only tell part of “the story” for why that rating is lower or higher. It is important not to simply assume that a lower rating in an area is an indicator of lower quality, or a less valuable rating. Instead, when looking at all nine ratings, it is important to discuss why a CTE program received that rating.


Contact information

Columbia-Greene Educational Center
(518) 828-4157 •

Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264 •


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