Support The Career Building Academy

November 22, 2010

The Career Building Academy, a 501(C)3 non-profit, is a school within a school, designed to introduce students to a wide spectrum of career choices in the construction industry. The Career Building Academy combines the benefits of an academic public education with a hands-on vocationally oriented program providing a practical education to participating students.  Students participate during their elective class schedule and are transported to The Career Building Academy for training and education.

Philosophy of The Career Building Academy
The Career Building Academy was created to provide high school students, through a planned sequence of hands-on experiences, insight into the many career opportunities in the residential and commercial construction industries. Students who complete a basic two-year program will gain fundamental skills and knowledge in approximately 20 trade areas common to the construction industry. Students will also be offered the opportunity to specialize in one of four trades, (framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical). This unique specialization aspect of the program will provide the student a jumpstart on a future career in the construction industry. Students will work with a professional craftsman in their chosen trade, gaining hours of knowledge and skill training that will allow the student to transition from high school graduation directly into the job marketplace.

The Career Building Academy bridges the gap between the student and subject matter that is meaningful to the student. The Career Building Academy Model is a hybrid approach, combining vocational training with applied academics. TCBA students actively participate in a comprehensive home building curriculum with job site mentoring by construction professionals and follow an applied curriculum in math, science, and communications.

Who Benefits?

  • TCBA benefits students by providing career opportunities upon high school graduation.
  • TCBA addresses the shortage of skilled workers entering the workplace through exceptional training.
  • TCBA promotes a partnership between students, the high school, parents, and the construction community.
  • TCBA benefits the community by preparing responsible workers and citizens.

How You Can Help

Drop off your donation at the HBA office at 4585 Hilton Parkway, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO  80907 with any of the following items:

Tool Wish List
Clothing Wish List


The Smartest Takes on Housing and the Economy

October 4, 2010

The NAHB Fall Construction Forecast Conference is known for its outstanding speakers. We give you experts in housing, finance and the economy who have intricate and comprehensive knowledge of construction trends, numbers and possibilities. Plug in to the CFC Webinar and you’ll get the best analysis out there.

Eric Belsky Eric Belsky
Managing Director
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Belsky has extensive experience conducting research on housing markets, housing finance, and housing policy. Prior to his Harvard appointment, Belsky led the Housing Finance and Credit Analysis Group at Price Waterhouse LLP and was Director of Housing Finance Research at Fannie Mae.
Maury Harris Maury Harris
Managing Director and Chief Economist for the Americas
UBS Investment Research

Prior to the UBS AG acquisition of PaineWebber Inc., Harris was the chief economist for PaineWebber. Before that he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and The Bank for International Settlements. He has been named to the Institutional Investor All-America Team 18 times.

The final ingredient of NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe makes the CFC webinar a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss it!

Members pay just $29.95.   Register at

Or you can brown bag it from the HBA for free!  Register here.

Consider Signing Up for Pre-Show Education at the Next IBS

September 10, 2010

More than 20 pre-show courses will be offered at the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando to provide attendees with business management tools, green building and aging-in-place remodeling techniques, sales and marketing methods and other skills to help boost their business. Primarily offered on Jan. 8-11, with some selections available on Jan. 12 and 14, these intensive one- or two-day programs are designed to help industry professionals increase their business skills, technical knowledge and marketability. The courses also will enable NAHB members to work on their NAHB designations. Please note that pre-show course fees are in addition to IBS registration. Visit this link for a list of courses and their fees. Course attendance is limited to 50 students per session, and some courses sell out prior to the show, so register in advance.


IBS 2011 Pre-Show Courses

Please see this story in Nation’s Building News for additional pre-IBS educational opportunities.

One Week Left for August Deals on IBS Registration

August 23, 2010

Time is running out to take advantage of the great deals that NAHB is offering to those who register to attend the 2011 International Builders’ Show by the end of August. Act now to get your FREE 4-day exhibits-only pass and FREE spouse registration. Our August promotions can’t be beat, and they’re a great reason to sign up early for the largest and most important annual trade show for housing professionals. The show will take place Jan. 12-15 in sunny Orlando, Fla., and as always, it will be a fantastic networking event with amazing educational opportunities and the most cutting-edge products and services for our industry on display. Visit for more information on our August deals and to register for this can’t-miss event. Contact:

Six Students Complete the IRM 4 course

March 12, 2010

Six students completed The Challenge of New Home Sales Management course on Feb. 3 & 4 at Central Bancorp, taught by Jerry Costanzo, MIRM.  This is one of four required courses to become a Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM).

Institute of Residential Marketing Front row: Aaron Catt, O2MarketinGroup; Dawn White, Dawn White & Co.; and Paula Huggett, Bokka Group.

Back row: Chris Casey, Campbell Homes, Ltd.;Jenna Thompson, Classic Homes; Jerry Costanzo, G.L. Costanzo & Assoc.; and Ty Olson, Classic Homes.