Academy in the News

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During the turbulent times of COVID, the Colorado Homebuilding Academy (CHA) has erected pop-up construction training centers in local communities. The most recent, in the Reunion development in Commerce City, is helping train 25 people who are learning construction skills in the hopes of securing a job in the booming homebuilding industry.

Chef turns to Construction


The coronavirus pandemic hit Joshua Copeland and his industry hard. The 38-year-old chef contracted Covid-19 last spring, losing his sense of taste and smell, which are critical to anyone in his line of work.

Fox 31 Article


At the Colorado Homebuilding Academy in Denver the first thing you will hear are the sounds of construction. For 31-year-old Gabriel Lara, they are the sounds of success.

Online classes

Our Community Now

Stay “essential” by taking this free online course in construction.

Students in Careers in Construction class at Coronado High School

The Gazette

In high school, nobody discussed the trades as a career, Persephone Parker says.

Construction worker trainee

Our Community Now

Colorado construction workers are always needed—pandemic or no pandemic.

Colorado Builder

Colorado Builder

Now’s a good time for builders to evaluate training for themselves and their crews

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Denver Post

Industry, job seekers hope home building can lead way in economic recovery

Results Lab

Results Lab

We are all living in uncertain times. The current situation is chaotic, and no one knows what this means for our organizations and the communities we serve. Existing organizational models have been disrupted, and we need a way to navigate through this.

Electrical course example

Builder and Developer

Colorado Homebuilding Academy (CHA) is offering two 2-week online “Basics in Electrical” courses to offer students a unique way to learn the basics of electricity which will help them secure jobs now or post COVID.


Vincent Salandro, Remodeling

The organization has shifted its 16-session boot camp program into a three-week, online program.

Linked In Article

Erin Shine, Founder at Attainable Home

A few months back I was looking for different ways to sharpen my knowledge of home building and construction skills in order to help to build more attainable housing here in the Denver metro area.

NAHB article

North Alabama Homebuilding Academy

One month after opening, the North Alabama Homebuilding Academy in Huntsville, Ala., already had more than 440 students on a waiting list for the free, hands-on training aimed at opening the door to a career in the building trades.

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CBS Denver Showcased Colorado Homebuilding Academy’s Career Options for Homeless & Low-Income Population. Colorado Homebuilding Academy recognizes Denver’s need for skilled labor with a multitude of construction projects all over the metro area.

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Denver Business Journal

“I’m the poster child for opportunity in the industry.” That’s what Cheryl Schuette, acting director of Colorado Homebuilding Academy, said of her journey through the homebuilding industry. She began as a secretary at Village Homes and eventually worked her way up to chief operating officer and president.


The Denver Post

The home construction industry has created the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, where young adults are informed of careers in the skilled trades that don’t require a college degree but pay well…

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Builders like Pat Hamill, who founded the Colorado Homebuilding Academy to reinvest in the training and education of new talent in the home building community. The Academy offers hands-on learning, classroom teaching and real-life experience with the ultimate goal of job placement and ongoing support for its students.

ABC 15 Arizona

ABC 15 Arizona

Right now, homebuilders around the country are desperately looking for workers to help them complete projects. There are nearly 200,000 construction jobs available right now across the nation, up 81 percent in just two years.One homebuilder is taking matters into its own hands.



Class is in session at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy. 20 students, chainsaws in hand, are halfway through an eight-week construction skills bootcamp. Michael Smith is in charge of the academy, with a mission of preparing students, many of whom come from very different fields, to work in the construction industry.

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Washington Post
Oakwood Homes, a home builder headquartered in Denver, has create a foundation that funds a new construction school. It’s called the Colorado Homebuilding Academy. Students can enroll in a free, eight-week “boot camp” to learn how to saw, tile, drill, plaster and paint and a bunch of other skills they need to enter the construction industry.

CNBC Academy

Inside an unassuming warehouse on the outskirts of Denver, 18 students are learning to saw, tile, drill, plaster and paint. They are mastering how to build a house. While that number might not sound like a lot, today’s homebuilders are desperate for all of them.
Also published in: NBR

CBS Denver Alexis

CBS Denver
If there’s one thing Alexis Monserrate has, it’s vision. That’s why she came here all the way from New York for the Colorado Homebuilding Academy.“In eight weeks they really got me market-ready. Learning everything from how to read a tape measure to using power tools. It also gave me the confidence to apply for jobs like this.”

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Fox News
Colorado Homebuilding Academy is a nonprofit operating in industry-donated space. Builders and grants foot the $1,400 cost of Construction Skills Boot Camp for each student who pledges to go into construction…administrators are hoping to get more women in the program. They are seeking high school graduates not bound for college, military veterans returning to civilian life and previous criminal offenders. The school expects to triple its number of graduates this year.

Builder Magazine

This year, through Oakwood’s philanthropic arm, Pat Hamill created the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, a nonprofit educational resource that provides hands-on training and job placement for workers, job seekers, and students through its own classes and partnerships with the University of Denver and Community College of Aurora. Michael Smith, the academy’s director, says the home building industry has utterly failed to attract millennials.

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.