Building Skills Transforming Lives


Rancho Cielo Construction Academy

  • Construction Academy student adding insulation
  • Tiny Home building
  • student with drill
  • Students with wooden doors
  • Students with wooden doors on work table

The Construction Academy is a unique experience, where students are engaged in our classroom, vocational activities, and workshops through Rancho Cielo’s partnership with the John Muir Charter School.

This program will serve up to 30 students at a time, with open enrollment.


Monday - Thursday, 7:45 am-2:45 pm
Friday,  7:45 am-11:45 am

Program start/end dates:

  • August thru June every year. 
  • On-going enrollment, interested students may enroll at any time.


  • 16 to 24 years of age
  • Not a High School Diploma Graduate (may transfer a GED into a high school Diploma)
  • Meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) income eligibility requirements
  • Underserved: low income, drug use, gang involvement, criminal background, truancy, school credit deficient, school dropouts, probation referral, homeless, on foster care
  • Drug-free
  • Required to follow strict dress code guidelines and behavioral expectations while enrolled in the program, both on and off-campus
  • Must follow the law and conditions of their probation


Students will receive the following services from the program:

  • Construction training: Building tiny homes
    • Vocational training includes a combination of both hands-on and textbook teaching. The following subjects will be reviewed:
      • Basic Safety
      • Introduction to Construction math
      • Introduction to Hand tools
      • Introduction to Power Tools
      • Introduction to Construction Drawings
      • Introduction to Basic Rigging
      • Basic Communication Skill
      • Basic Employability Skills
  • California standard instruction (Literacy & Numeracy) by Certificated Teachers
  • Credit recovery toward a high school diploma
  • General Education Development (GED) instruction on the way to earning their diploma
  • Basic computer skills instruction
  • Small class sizes; individual instruction as needed
  • College readiness, enrollment assistance, academic counseling
  • Behavioral health counseling as needed
  • Opportunities for electives, such as art, music, and physical education
  • Pre-Employment skills training and job search assistance and placement
  • Access to community resources and individual case management
  • Assistance with referrals to supportive services (transportation, job search clothing, child care, etc).



Sponsored by Granite Construction

Apply to the Rancho Cielo Construction Academy

For more information, contact Edna Valdez, Enrollment and Recruitment Coordinator:

Click here to apply.