CCA receives a number of similar questions each year. We have consolidated some of the most common. If you have a question not addressed please contact the front office at 210-397-4294.
1. Is CCA only for those kids going to college?
Absolutely not! Although we do prepare students for the rigors of a four-year university and/or a two-year college, we also provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to go into the workforce post-graduation. We are one of the few magnet schools that prepares students for college or a career of their choice immediately after graduation.
2. My student likes to work with his hands and wants to go straight into the workforce after graduating. Is CCA for him?
You bet it is!! Although we do prepare students for entrance into a university of their choice, we also prepare students in the trades. Students will have opportunities to select and receive training in one or more of the following trade strands: HVAC, Carpentry, Electrical, Welding, Plumbing, and Pipe Fitting.
3. You are kidding right? Is CCA really for university bound students?
We are not kidding when we say we prepare students for a four-year university or two year college of their choice. Students will receive entry level and advanced training in Architecture and Design, Applied Engineering, and Construction Management. Any of these strands will prepare students for a university degree.
4. I have heard that students in CCA do not have room in their schedule to be in extra curricular activities?
Not true! We encourage all students to be involved in extracurricular activities. However, it is true that the rigor for students in extracurricular activities may be greater. Students who are in extracurricular activities may have to take one or more online classes their freshman and/or sophomore years in order to provide flexibility in their schedule their junior and senior years. This will allow them to participate in extracurricular activities all four years. The CCA counselor monitors the degree plan for all students involved in extracurricular activities to ensure that students remain on track. We will not allow students to be in jeopardy!
5. Are we a separate campus from Warren?
No! Although we are our own high school, we are in a partnership with Warren High School. The staff at Warren HS plays an integral role in educating CCA students, and students take a large portion of their core classes at Warren HS. Students will also be involved in extracurricular activities at Warren HS.
6. My student is a struggling learner. Is CCA the place for him?
It certainly is. We have found that a number of struggling learners that come to CCA do very well. They like the hands-on experiences they receive.
7. Do students get any kind of certifications while attending CCA?
Yes. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications that will make them more competitive in the job market. Students can earn certifications through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students will also be given the opportunity to earn additional certifications that they can use in the workplace.
8. Can students get college credit while attending CCA?
Yes! We currently have an agreement with St. Phillips that offers CCA students an opportunity to earn college credit they can use for an associates degree and/or transfer to a four year university. We are also working on a plan that will award college credit directly from a four year university.
9. I have heard that students at CCA get to go into the field and gain real-world experience. Is this true?
It absolutely is true. Students not only gain experience in the classroom and shop, they are given the opportunity to gain work experience. Students can take advantage of internships, shadowing, and practicums.
10. Is CCA hard to get into?
This is one of those yes and no questions. Each year we receive about 500 applications requesting entrance into CCA as a freshman. We select approximately 150 to 160 students each year. The remaining applicants are placed on a waiting list. It is important to know that each student goes through a screening process. Not all applicants are qualified. However, all students interested, should apply.
11. I have heard that if you don’t get in as a freshman you will never be able to gain entrance into CCA. Is this correct?
No! Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, we allowed students entrance into CCA who have completed their freshman year and will be sophomores. Students who are not selected their freshman year will have another opportunity as they enter into their sophomore year. Freshmen students who enroll in and successfully complete Principles of Architecture and Construction (Course No. 8100) on their home campus will be reevaluated and qualified based on the CCA admission criteria. These applicants will be entered into a lottery pool and students will be selected to fill potential openings based on attrition. Selected students will be enrolled in CCA at the start of their sophomore year.
13. When will you begin the application process for students who want to get into CCA?
Students will have an opportunity, starting in January of their eighth grade year, to evaluate each of Northside’s magnet schools and determine which school is the best fit for them. CCA representatives visit each of the middle schools during this time. Applications will also be handed out. Interested students will turn in their applications to their school counselor by the February deadline. A copy of the application can be downloaded on our campus website, www.nisd.net/cca.
14. As a parent how can I get involved in CCA?
Parent volunteers are extremely important to CCA? If you are the parent of a CCA student WE NEED YOU! CCAPP is our parent organization. The acronym stands for Construction Careers Academy Parent Partnership. Whether you want to serve in a leadership role or as a “helper” we have a place for you. Please contact the front office to get involved (210)397-4294.
15. I own a business and would like to partner with CCA?
We welcome you! You can get involved in a number of ways. The most common include financial support, material/supply donations, and student interns/practicums. All financial and material donations are tax deductible. If you would like to become a business partner please contact the front office at (210)397-4294
16. I have a project I would like CCA to do for me. What should I do?
We receive a ton of request for projects. We evaluate projects on a case-by-case basis. The Project Review Committee convenes on a regular basis to evaluate all projects and determine which projects afford our students the best opportunity. Not all projects are accepted. If you would like to submit a project for review please download the Project Review Form on our website under the “Resources” tab.