Construction Exploration & Training Collaborative

Construction Exploration and Training Collaborative encourages youth exploration and adult training in construction trades and the built environment. The Collaborative is led by HOME and the Ventura County Contractors Association in partnership with other education, industry and community stakeholders, including: EP Consulting, Hansen Plumbing, Fence Factory, College of the Canyons, and more.

Solving Ventura County’s Housing Crisis Through Skilled Trades Training

The Problem
The South Central Coast Region faces a critical housing shortage and affordability crisis. This is partly due to a lack of skilled construction workers, leading to delays and higher costs for new home construction.

Our Solution
The CETC addresses this problem through various ways:

Destigmatizing Trade Jobs

We promote construction careers as diverse, high-paying, reliable, and offering a quicker path to a fulfilling career.

Growing Local Talent

We train skilled workers within our own community, creating a local labor force that reduces traffic congestion, improves family and leisure opportunities, and keeps our workforce local.

Building the Pipeline

We partner with schools to offer programs that explore the built environment and construction-related careers. This exposes students to in-demand, versatile, well-paid career pathways including non-traditional options for women.

Embracing Innovation

We integrate new technologies and support environmental sustainability goals in construction practices. We help train the workforce of the future.

Acknowledge Sponsors of the Camp

CETC Program Pillars

The CETC Program is committed to developing this skilled workforce by implementing a comprehensive program built on strong partnerships and innovative approaches. We achieve this through our CETC Program Pillars, a set of guiding principles that ensure a long-term, sustainable approach to workforce development.


Youth are encouraged to explore a variety of skilled trades through programs provided during or after school and in day camp settings. Collaborative partners include: schools, youth organizations, nonprofits and industry professionals, especially in lower income and rural areas.


The 150-hour CORE credential program is the first step for entry-level jobs, apprenticeship programs, or a gateway for further specialization. Instruction is provided in safety, hand and power tools, construction math, materials handling, construction drawings, and rigging. Upon completion, graduates receive CORE certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). An OSHA-10 certificate program is also available, as well as assistance in job discernment and placement. Training is held through a variety of class options, including fast-track, weekend, and evening schedules.


A partially constructed home-on-wheels will demonstrate construction components, showcase new technology, and be equipped with tools and hands-on activities for exploration and training. The mobile unit will also be used to encourage community engagement. Building and outfitting this trailer requires collaboration between local contractors, suppliers, student programs, and generous donors.

Are you interested in…


A Construction Day Camp will be held June 17-21, 2024, at Thousand Oaks High School. Register today—only 28 spots are available. Use the links below if you are interested in participating, helping, or donating/sponsoring.

The 1st CORE cohort is now being formed for spring training. ​Contact Cary Hansen, if you are interested as a student or employer or to share your skills.

Be a Part of the Future of Construction in Ventura County. Support the CETC Program!

Your support can make a world of difference. With your generous donations, we can expand our CETC program to offer more enriching summer camps and essential CORE training programs to aspiring builders. Every contribution counts, no matter the amount. Currently, all donations will be matched by HOME, doubling the impact of your support. Give the gift of opportunity by donating to CETC today!

CETC Leadership Team

The strength of the CETC program lies in its collaborative leadership structure. By bringing together leaders from construction, education, and the community, the CETC fosters a holistic approach to workforce development. This ensures that the program curriculum remains relevant to industry needs, while also aligning with educational pathways and addressing the specific needs of Ventura County’s youth and job seekers.

Laurie Bennett

Camp Lead

Lisa Eklund

Exploration | Building Industry Liaison

Cary Hansen

CORE Training Lead

Daniel Bell

Certified Instructor

Karen Fraser

Fiscal Agent | Administration

Thank You, Business Community Partners!