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Distance Learning Guidance: Construction Trades - Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Masonry, and Plumbing


  • In a full distance learning model, students will meet with their teachers in real-time, following their school schedule, to receive direct instruction. This support will allow them to master both theoretical content and practical skills in order to achieve certification.
  • Professional development will be provided for teachers to adapt traditional classroom instruction to an online model at the systemic professional development day on August 26, 2020. Follow-up and additional training sessions regarding use of online platforms will be available.
  • Classes will meet daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays following the students’ school schedule. Wednesdays will be used for small group instruction, enrichment, and intervention.

Programmatic Support

  • Students will meet with their teachers in real-time to receive direct instruction, they will also be able to access recordings of lessons in order to revisit content they would like to review.
  • The Department of Career and Technical Education has gathered additional resources to assist teachers in transitioning to online instruction. (See Resources for Distance Learning.)
  • The Program Coordinator and Instructional Specialist will be available to assist teachers in adapting their lessons and instructional strategies for online instruction.

Program and Scheduling Considerations

  • As a CTE completer program with a certification and hours requirement, students will need to attend their classes as scheduled to ensure they meet the requirements. This may include attending full sessions on Wednesdays.
  • Teachers are expected to use class time for whole group and small group instruction as well as to provide group and independent classwork and homework. Students working on technique should be monitored and assisted by the teacher.
  • A three week “Bridge” program has been developed to revisit content from the 4th quarter of students’ first year to ensure student success in the second year curriculum.
  • The practical exams for certification will take place in the second semester when/if students return to the school classroom and have access to the materials to perform the tasks.

Resources for Distance Learning




 11-12 NCCERConnect NCCER

National Center for Construction Education and Research



The ESCO Group which comprises the ESCO Institute and its affiliates, serve the Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR_ and building science fields