We are a passionate group of construction and trade professionals dedicated to offering opportunities in career training to young people. While CACTUS is currently on an in-classroom sabbatical, we are using this time to grow and evolve. We will be back to school in Fall 2021, ready to roll up our sleeves and get back to work!
CACTUS is looking to rebrand! We are becoming TradeUp! as we look to "Construct the Future". Check out the request for proposal included as a PDF below. Bids due on August 27, 2021. Download PDF for full details.
In order to effectively attract kids to consider construction related professions as a first choice career, students need exposure to the construction and design professions, trades and business well before high school.
CACTUS aims to do just that! We have deployed our program in partnership with Madison Elementary School District No. 38 and other participating groups. Our goal is to offer students valuable experiences and skills in the built environment by bringing CACTUS to other school sites. Through participation in this hands-on immersive program, students will gain experiences in teamwork, conflict resolution, an understanding of how the design process works, and through experiential learning, an understanding how raw materials can create a finished construction project. Students will leverage weekly early release professional development days so that they can work together to design and build a structure from start to finish. At the conclusion of the program, students will have cycled through various trades, worked on projects that will inspire their curiosity to learn more about the trades and ultimately, consider a lifelong and rewarding career in the trades.
CACTUS will arrange industry professionals for instruction and project oversight in collaboration with the school administration. Students will have access to construction business trade professionals with real-world, on-the-job experience in a dynamic learning environment. Where possible, field trips to construction projects near the school district or tours of design- and construction-related firms will provide students unique exposure to the vast career opportunities within the industry.