Building Pathways

Building Pathways brings hands-on construction training directly to the campuses of area high schools.


The Academy offers exploratory and preparatory construction classes that are taught in partnership with high school teachers. These classes allow students to explore new career paths, earn valuable job skills, and learn academic lessons in an applied, hands-on format.

The program unites construction industry employers, secondary education institutions, and the workforce development system to provide pathways for high school graduates to enter Colorado’s construction industry. Each stakeholder has unique reasons to be at the table: industry employers need to prepare the next generation of workers; education institutions want to provide post-graduation opportunities for all their students; and the workforce development system has training dollars available to spend. Working together, we can align these separate interests and produce positive outcomes for young people across the Denver Metro Area.

Course Schedule

Building Pathways is a program that consists of two courses:

  • Building Pathway 101: 1 semester
  • Building Pathways 102: 1 semester

Course Info


Joe Carswell

Joe’s strong leadership skills are built on over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University, Joe spent several years drafting, preserving historic homes, and training work release prisoners for commercial installations. He also enjoys playing music and surfing.

Eric White

Eric began his career as a commercial flooring installer before becoming a carpenter for 12 years in residential new construction/additions and commercial renovations. He has also run his own handyman company for 7 years, rehabilitated historic structures and led construction projects in remote locations. His particular interests are in green building/sustainability, hiking and making crafts.

Robert McElreavey

Robert is a Master Plumber with over 30 years of experience. He has been teaching the construction trades for 14 years, including apprenticeship-level plumbing. Robert has also taught carpentry skills to adults at Salvation Army centers and to court-involved young men at Ridge View Youth Services Center. When he is not working, Robert enjoys skiing, biking and surfing and spending time with his wife and two children.

Mark Babcock

Mark has been involved in construction on and off since 1985, starting as a framer’s helper and progressing to project manager for high end home renovations. After taking a year off to become a dive instructor in Roatan, Honduras (where he met his wife), he moved from Canada to Denver to be with his wife Lori. He enjoys traveling, diving, and working on cars in his spare time. Mark is very excited about being a part of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy and teaching the next generation of construction expert.


Want to bring Building Pathways to your school? Contact our Director to learn how we can start a partnership.