Building Trades

Building Trades prepares students for entry-level positions in the construction, facilities maintenance and the custodial fields. Students in the program will complete group projects that are work-based in nature, involve problem solving, utilize hands-on skills and will benefit the school and local communities.


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 Studies program


Curriculum and materials used

  • Residential Construction Academy-Facilities Maintenance, 2nd Edition -used primarily as a guideline for the units of study
  • Instructor designed unit outlines, worksheets and tests


Related career opportunities

  • Carpenter’s Assistant
  • Plumber’s Assistant
  • Electrician’s Assistant
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Custodial Engineer
  • Hardware/Lumber Yard Assistant



No licenses are currently available


Consultant Committee

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

Contact Information

Danielle Bouton-Wales
Director of CTE

Rensselaer Educational Center

Columbia- Greene Educational Center

CTE on Twitter

Upcoming Events

Wed 21

Thanksgiving Recess

November 21 - November 23
Thu 22
Fri 23

Offices Closed

November 23
Mon 26

CGEC School Improvement Meeting

November 26 @ 2:00 pm
Thu 29

REC Advisory Subcommittee Meeting

November 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
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