This past semester CHASSE Building Team participated in Madison School District’s pilot program CACTUS (Careers in Architecture, Construction and Trades Uplifting Students). The CACTUS program aims to offer students valuable experiences and skills in the built environment in hopes to effectively attract kids to consider fields in the construction and design industry.
CHASSE, along with Sportsman’s Concrete and Stone Cold Masonry, helped students design and build a masonry planter at their school over the course of one semester. Students did everything from digging the footings and pouring the concrete to laying the block. The students were then able to paint the planter they designed and built.
To celebrate the end of their semester project, CACTUS hosted an end-of-the-year party making bird houses for the campus and showing off their new planter!
How It Works: CACTUS will arrange industry professionals for instruction and project oversight in collaboration with the school administration. Students will have access to construction business trade professionals with real world, on-the-job experience in a dynamic learning environment. Where possible, field trips to construction projects near the school district or tours of design- and construction-related firms will provide students unique exposure to the vast career opportunities within the industry.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Madison School District’s CACTUS program, click here!