Help prepare students for high-demand, well-paid career paths through CORE PLUS Construction.

This gift to the State of Washington from the construction industry ensures all schools, regardless of size or funding, can offer their students a quality construction program of study.

The CORE PLUS Construction program is a 1080-hour program developed by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington Education Foundation and supported by the Washington State construction industry. The program prepares high school students for high demand jobs.

CORE PLUS Construction offers students access to high school credit options in science, mathematics, and English language arts. The course framework will contribute to the menu of 45 state course equivalencies that local districts may offer.  

CORE PLUS Construction gives students a clear advantage when applying for entry level construction jobs, apprenticeships, and certificate and degree programs in fields such as construction management, occupational health and safety, and sustainable building technologies.

CORE PLUS Construction is an OSPI certificate-based study program.

The two-year curriculum adopted in the 2020-21 school year is a gift to Washington State from the construction industry and ensures all high schools, regardless of size or funding, can offer their students a quality construction program of study. 

The CORE PLUS Construction certificate competency defines the skills students have developed through the program. High school students learn by hands-on projects and, depending on their district, they can earn math, science, English language arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and elective credits.

CORE PLUS Construction curriculum opens career opportunities to students through hands-on projects and partnerships with local companies. This program helps students develop communication, problem-solving, time-management, and organizational skills that can be carried from the classroom directly into any workspace. Through this course, students work with multiple teachers and community partner programs to prepare for a variety of opportunities that can be taken to college, trade schools, or even directly into the workforce.

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CORE PLUS curriculum information can be found in the Resources section.

Gain industry supported training and professional development for educators.

The CORE PLUS Construction program provides high quality no-cost, curriculum packages that include professional development for  instructors.

The curriculum covers a range of concepts that include: materials science, construction math, estimation, proposal writing, project management, lean construction principles, hand and power tool usage, print reading, basic building skills and knowledge and career readiness tools.

While building scaled projects as part of a team, students develop foundational knowledge and skills, such as safety, hand, and power tool usage, construction print reading and measurement.

Students are prepared for success after high school in pathways of their choice.

After successful completion, students earn the Core Plus Construction certificate.

Core Plus Construction prepares students for the next phase of their career development. 

Students learn real-world skills that give them a clear advantage in pursuing:

  • Entry level positions
  • Apprenticeships
  • Post-secondary certificates
  • Community and technical colleges
  • Military service
  • Four-year university degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates

Join school districts across Washington State by offering the CORE PLUS Construction program.

The following schools and skill centers have received a Core Plus Construction I-grant  to implement a Core Plus Construction program of study.

District School or Skill Center
Interlake High School
Pierce County Skill Center
West Sound Technical Skill Center
Cashmere High School
Central Valley
Central Valley High School
Central Valley
University High School
Clover Park
Clover Park High School
Franklin Pierce
Washington High School
Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan High School
Lakewood High School
District School or Skill Center
Mary M Knight
Mary M Knight High School
Regional Apprenticeship Pathway RAP
Moses Lake
Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center
Sno-Isle Skill Center
Newport High School
North Thurston
Timberline High School
Northport High School
Gov. John Rogers High School
Raymond High School
Lindbergh High School
District School or Skill Center
Seattle Skill Center
Sedro-Woolley High School
Selah High School
South Bend
South Bend High School
South Kitsap
South Kitsap High School
Lincoln High School
Foster High School
Tumwater High School
New Market Skill Center
Hudson's Bay High School

For more information, contact Sarah Patterson, Workforce Development Director, AGC Education Foundation,