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Construction Technology: Learn to Plan, Organize, Build

Do you love working with your hands? Are you the kind of person who likes to build things and see concrete results? Check out DCCCD’s Construction Technology program!

Construction Technology is a hands-on construction program with residential and commercial specializations. You’ll learn how to plan, organize, solve problems and communicate well in your building projects.

You can prepare for an entry-level job in many construction areas. Or continue your education in a four-year program. Since you’ll have a foundation for other construction-related programs, you can try out various crafts to find the right fit.

Career options include positions as field engineers, estimators, building inspectors, insurance and manufacturing representatives, field supervisors, subcontractors and builders. We offer commercial or residential specializations.

Classes for all construction-related programs are held at North Lake College’s West Campus at the DFW Education Center, 1401 N. Royal Lane, inside the DFW airport boundaries.

Related Program

North Lake’s Construction Management is a closely related program that can add management training to your hands-on skills. Both Construction Technology and Construction Management have increased focus on “green” building and sustainable construction practices.

Degrees and Certificates in Construction Technology

See our degree and certificate options in Construction Technology.

How to Get Started

To get started in the Construction Technology program, complete the admissions process at North Lake College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Construction Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you have questions about the Construction Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Student Success Story: Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell already knew how to build houses. But the co-owner of a custom home building company knows that you can never get enough education.

“When the construction market tanked, I was looking around for houses to build. Custom building work was so scarce that I figured it was a perfect time to get more education. I wanted to be a better builder and sharpen my skills to be better prepared when the market turns, so I started researching construction programs and found North Lake’s Construction programs.

“As a builder, you know who to call to get stuff done, but that doesn’t mean you know how to do it. I didn’t come through a big product company with a great deal of practical training, so there are just certain gaps in my knowledge.

“This program is giving me lots of practical skills. These instructors have been in the business a long time, and they have a lot of practical information to share.”

Could you be the next student success story?

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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2012

The 25 best jobs of 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report cover a range of industries, with half in health care or technology. DCCCD offers the degrees and certificates you would need for 19 of the 25 best jobs.

The 25 Best Jobs (and the DCCCD programs that go with them):

  1. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  2. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Medical assistant (Medical Assisting)
  5. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  6. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  7. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Occupational therapist
  11. Maintenance and repair worker (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Welding)
  12. Elementary school teacher (Child Development, Education-Related Degrees)
  13. Clinical laboratory technician (Medical Laboratory Technician)
  14. Speech-language pathologist
  15. Paramedic (EMS/Paramedic)
  16. Meeting, convention and event planner (Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management)
  17. School counselor
  18. Social worker (Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling)
  19. Sports coach
  20. Sales representative (Business Administration, Marketing Careers)
  21. Accountant (Accounting)
  22. Receptionist (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  23. Financial advisor (Accounting)
  24. Customer service representative (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  25. HR specialist


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Get Free Money! How? With a DCCCD Scholarship

Could you use extra money to pay for books and tuition next semester? Winning a DCCCD scholarship would certainly help. Scholarships, unlike loans, are a gift you don’t have to pay back.

Here are three of our many DCCCD scholarships. The deadline to apply for them is in April. So you have plenty of time to apply:

  • Jerry Junkins Construction Management Scholarship Fund: Planning a career in the construction industry? This scholarship is for you. DCCCD students enrolled in construction and construction-related classes and planning to earn a construction-related degree can apply. The scholarship recipient will receive up to $2,000 per academic year. The deadline to apply for Fall 2012 is April 12.
  • Veterinary Technology Program Scholarship: Cedar Valley College students who are majoring in Veterinary Technology are eligible for this scholarship. It awards $250 per semester for books and tuition. The deadline for Summer 2012 is April 1. The deadline for fall is July 1.
  • Bob Cheney History and Nursing Scholarship: Are you a history or nursing student at El Centro College? Be sure to learn the details of this scholarship. It awards the winning history or nursing student $300 for the fall semester and $300 for spring. Deadline to apply is the second Friday in April.

DCCCD offers many other scholarships. View the application form (PDF – 99KB). For complete information on these and other DCCCD scholarships, email DCCCD Foundation Scholarship Manager Ella Shaw or call her at 214-378-1533 or 214-378-1531.

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Construction Students: Apply Now for $1,000 Scholarship

If you’re pursuing a construction-related degree or certificate, don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship (PDF – 21KB) being offered by the National Association of Women in Construction Dallas Chapter.

Applicants must be a second-year student in a construction-related college or trade program. (A student with a certificate from a one-year training program is eligible.) Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.

The application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 30, for the spring 2012 semester.

For more information, call the NAWIC Dallas Chapter at 972-385-3158.

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Get the Scoop About Hot Occupations

Learn about hot career fieldsEven with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.

With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.

By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:

  • Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
  • Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
  • Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
  • Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
  • Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
  • Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
  • Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
  • Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.

Do a Little Research

Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:

  • Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
  • Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
  • Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
  • Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
  • Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.

And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.

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