Imagine a California where high school students are given the training, skills, and experience they need to find a career in the building industry. Imagine every high school having the resources to educate and prepare students to build homes for the state's growing population.
Since the economic downturn, for every five workers who leave the building industry, only one is replaced. As a result, the construction labor pool is depleted, and the state's workforce is only building 55% of the dwelling units it needs to house California's families (Source: CIRB Report).
Founded in 1978, the California Homebuilding Foundation advances the state's building industry through scholarships, research, and education. The Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), the Foundation's premier educational program, provides project-based (hands-on and virtual) construction training and a direct pathway into homebuilding for students of every ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender role and identity.
Though CHF has expanded the program to over 40 schools in California, BITA continues to operate on a small budget and limited resources. There are thousands of high school students and industry employers relying on the tangible outcomes the BITA program has been producing for almost two decades.
BITA provides more than just job skills; BITA builds self-esteem and positive integrity for job success. It is CHF's duty and objective to continue expanding this donor-funded training program as a necessity for both students and the homebuilding workforce.