Construction Management Academy


Junior and senior-level academy courses are taught at the ARL.


The Construction Management Academy focuses on industry-compliant methods, technology and safety standards. Students design, plan, direct, coordinate and budget a variety of projects, including the construction of a residential building. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare them for various careers in construction including project management and supervision, project engineering, contract administration, and safety coordination. In addition to carpentry, students in this program also explore a variety of construction trade areas, such as electrical and plumbing. Participation in an internship that reflects students’ interests in the field of construction provides real-world applications of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. This National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) certified program affords students the opportunity to earn national recognition. The Construction Management Academy provides students with an excellent foundation for continuing education in the building industry.

Recommended Electives

Students who would benefit from additional support for making career academic choices and preparing for college and employment should enroll in Career Research and Development I (CRD I) as early as possible. Students planning to attend a four-year, postsecondary institution are advised to take at least two years of World Languag


  • Foundations of Technology

Successful Academy Students

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.

  • Complete senior level coursework through a work-site experience (students must provide their own transportation) OR by participating in the on-campus (ARL) course of advanced skills, which includes a capstone project.


Shaded areas designate completer coursework

  • Construction Technology I 854M (11th, 2 periods)

  • Construction Technology II 858M (12th, 3 periods)

Senior Level Coursework Requirements:

  • Complete at least 6–8 hours of work-site experience per week OR daily attendance at the Applications and Research Lab.

  • Attend weekly senior seminars at the Applications and Research Lab.

  • Choose a “real world” problem to research.

  • Maintain and submit a journal and portfolio of senior work.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Construction Management Academy program sequence, with a grade of B or higher in academy courses, may be eligible for credits at Howard Community College or The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Industry Certification

Students can pursue a construction apprenticeship in postsecondary programs or complete NCCER certification.

Sample Career Options

< 4-year Degree

  • Building Codes Inspector

  • Carpenter

  • Civil Engineering Technician

  • Construction Manager

  • Electrician

4-year Degree

  • Civil Engineer

  • Cost Estimator

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Land Surveyor

  • Project Manager

> 4-year Degree

  • Urban and Regional Planner