K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

For the last five years, K-64 has been a force in connecting talented individuals with local companies in Catawba County. This summer, K-64 continued those efforts while working with the students in the CVCC Construction Academy. Over an intensive eight weeks, students gained hands-on experience working alongside local construction companies and received classroom instruction through CVCC. This partnership equips students with both the practical skills and industry knowledge needed for a rewarding career in construction.

Resulting in a remarkable achievement, all 27 participants graduated with not only a wealth of knowledge but also certifications in OSHA 10, CPR, First Aid, and NCCER Core. Beyond certifications, the true impact of the Construction Academy shines in the success stories of its participants. This summer, three high school graduates not only emerged with certifications, but also secured full-time employment shortly after the program’s completion. Another student was offered a part-time position as they continue their education through CVCC. Current high school participants also found pathways to success, including one student receiving an offer for a full-time position upon their graduation.

Central to the Construction Academy’s success is the collaborative spirit between K-64, CVCC, and local construction companies. Together, these partners have not only enriched Catawba County’s talent pool but have successfully advanced skilled professionals toward workforce readiness. K-64 would also like to thank CAGC, whose support played a vital role in the Construction Academy’s success.