Academy of Construction & Technical Trades Pathways
The Construction pathway will align with Western Dakota Tech’s Construction Technology, Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration (HVAC/R) programs where students will experience hands-on learning related to all aspects of residential, commercial, industry, and public works projects.
The Technical Trades pathway will align with Western Dakota Tech’s Welding, Diesel Technology, and Automotive Technology programs where students will experience hands-on learning in their selected technical trades industry of choice.
The Architecture & Design pathway will align with Western Dakota Tech’s Computer-Aided Design program where students will experience hands-on learning to meet the industry standards necessary for a successful career in the architectural, civil, and mechanical computer-aided drafting fields.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
CTSOs enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. For a complete listing of RCAS CTSOs, click here.
The Academy of Construction & Technical Trades supports SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force by helping members become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.
SkillsUSA also provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development.
The purpose of the RCAS Academies is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.
This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.
21st Century Skills
The RCAS Academies will prepare students to graduate with the necessary skills and competencies that support the RCAS Profile of a Graduate.
Each academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized industry certification.
Earning College Credit
All academies will allow students the opportunity to earn college credit aligned their selected pathway.
Business and community partnerships are an integral piece of the RCAS Academies model.
There are currently more than 215 partners working with our students grades K-12 in career-connected learning opportunities.
Project-based learning allows students to learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
Job Shadow, Internship, and Service Learning opportunities allow students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning.
As part of the RCAS Academies, every RCAS high school student will take a one-semester Freshman Seminar course. This course will provide students’ important skills for high school, future workplace success, and introduce them to the RCAS Academies. Each student will take an Academy Introductory Course in one of the six academies housed at our two comprehensive high schools. This course is designed to guide exploration of their chosen academy and help students to select a pathway to enter in 11th grade. To learn more about the graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, click here.