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Denver 7 Press

Denver 7
In just five weeks, Nathaniel Baldwin has come a long way from the information technology work he once knew.”I was the one that kind of kept all the servers running, kept all the websites up, that sort of thing,” Baldwin described. Today, instead of servers, he’s learning to run power tools at Colorado Homebuilding Academy.


Colorado Public Radio
Houses along the Front Range can’t be built fast enough. Part of the problem is a booming population. There’s also a shortage of construction workers to get the job done. The Colorado Homebuilding Academy is an effort to get more people to work.
Also published in: The Denver Post and Coloradoan

Denver Post Press

The Denver Post
In a large warehouse that smells of freshly cut wood in north Denver, 20 adults — including a refugee family from Somalia, a math teacher and a laid-off retail worker — gather in the unfinished frame of a house to take notes on the Pythagorean theorem.

construction dive press

Construction Dive
Demand for homes may be strong, but demand for construction labor is even stronger. There were 172,000 construction jobs available nationwide in March 2017…To learn more about the CHA and how it aims to help fill the skilled-labor gap, Construction Dive talked with CHA director Michael Smith.

cbs denver press

CBS Denver
With the construction boom in Denver, labor is getting harder and harder to come by. To help, an industry-led partnership has come up with a way to train workers quickly and efficiently.

telemundo press

Telemundo Denver
No es noticia ya, reportar que Denver está en crecimiento. Se siente en el constante influjo de personas, el recrudecimiento del tráfico y la enorme cantidad de proyectos de construcción, tanto los que crean vivienda, como los que remodelan y adecúan la ciudad para acomodar a sus nuevos residentes y el siempre creciente turismo.

Fox 31 Denver

Fox 31 Denver

The sights, sounds and smells of new construction fill the air in the Denver metro area. The building industry is in full bloom, except for one small detail: A severe lack of skilled construction workers. “There is a 100 percent shortage of skilled construction workers here in Colorado and nationally,” said Michael Smith, Colorado Home Building Academy director.

9 News Press

9 News Colorado

“If I look at it from a chronological occurrence of those challenges, it goes back from the last two generations of parents saying have better opportunities than I had or work smarter not harder,” said Michael Smith, a construction professional in Denver who began the Colorado Homebuilding Academy.

construction dive press

Construction Dive
Expanding recruiting efforts is vital to reaching prospective students. “We use social media, print and online advertising, attend many career fairs each month and reach out to trades and tell them to send us those applicants they can’t hire due to lack of skills,” says Michael Smith, director of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy