KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - LINN COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER
Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Career Academy
College Credit in High School
Find your passion.
Get a head start.
Experience college expectations with rock star teachers.
Earn free college credit.
Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in basic architecture and construction skills, with support from industry experts, including jobsite tours.
Development of entry-level skills and knowledge for those who want to pursue one of the many careers available in the construction industry.
Immediate employment opportunities within the field.
Prepared for further training in the architecture, construction or engineering industry.
Potential for stronger competitiveness for application into local apprenticeship programs.
The Kirkwood Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Architectural Technology, Carpentry, Construction, Masonry Technology, Plumbing Technology and Construction or Civil Engineering. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/fouryeartransfer.
Iowa average salaries in architecture and construction careers
Carpenter: $17.45/hour, $38,280
Construction Worker: $19.44/hour, $40,590
Electrician: $21.85/hour, $45,420
Architect: $33.62/hour, $72,780
More info can be found at: www.bls.gov
College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.
CON-410 | Architectural Modeling | 3 college Credits
Introduces construction concepts through computerized model building. Explores various wall systems and the phases of the construction process. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B
CON-190 | Construction Lab | 3 college credits
Provides introductory theory and lab experience in basic residential construction procedures and safety for those with little or no construction experience. Includes foundation systems, floor systems, basic wall construction, roof systems, basic mechanical systems as well as interior and exterior finishes. Credits: 3, Hours: (2/2/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B
CON-101 | Architectural Plans and Specs | 3 college credits
Introduces the skills and methods for understanding and interpreting construction drawings and technical specifications for residential and commercial buildings. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments:
EGT-460 | Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) | 3 college credits
Provides introductory theory and lab experience in basic residential construction procedures and safety for those with little or no construction experience. Includes foundation systems, floor systems, basic wall construction, roof systems, basic mechanical systems as well as interior and exterior finishes. Comments: previous PLTW not a requirement. Credits: 3, Hours: (1/4/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B
Need to Know
Students receive credit from their high school and college credit from Kirkwood. The high school district pays the college tuition.
The grade earned in this course is reflected on the student’s official college transcript. Students not planning to attend Kirkwood after high school graduation should plan to include this transcript as part of the application process to other colleges or universities. www.kirkwood.edu/transcript
As part of earning college credit for this academy, students must complete an online application to Kirkwood Community College to create the official student record.
Student safety equipment, tools and textbooks are provided the first day of class.
To ensure a safe learning environment, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during certain lab activities in your academy experience is an important priority. Specific items like safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, ear protection, etc. will be provided by Kirkwood as part of your experience; however, certain activities will require you to wear safety shoes/boots and pants. Additional information will be provided by your instructor during the first week of class.
Students are strongly encouraged to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry.
How to Get Started
Talk to your parents and your school counselor.
Go to www.kirkwood.edu/hscreditapply.