Anaheim High School, Valencia High School and Luther Burbank High School have combined their efforts, completing four playhouse structures, to win this year's Inaugural Statewide Design/Build Competition on June 27th and 28th at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
The schools are a part of the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), a comprehensive four-year high school program aimed at producing skilled professionals who will be qualified and confident to enter the homebuilding workforce. The program is promoted by the California Homebuilding Foundation and developed by BIA member companies and education leaders.
The statewide construction competition gathered educators and over 350 students from Youth Build divisions and various Southern California High Schools, Community Colleges and Regional Occupational Programs (R.O.Ps) in a collective endeavor to highlight the importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) and workforce development programs at the high school level.
Students received a warm welcome from some of the State's top leadership, Assembly members Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove), Tom Daly (D - Anaheim), Ling Ling Chang (R - Anaheim), and Jim Frazier (D - Oakley), as well as, staff from the offices of Senators Richard Pan, Tom Berryhill, Bob Huff and Assembly member Ken Cooley.
Valencia High School and Anaheim High School previously won 1st and 2nd place at the 27th Annual Design/Build Competition in April, which was coordinated by the Home Builders Committee (HBC) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC). The competition was held at the OC Fair & Event Center's 2016 Imaginology Event in Costa Mesa on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 where the state winners previously competed alongside Cordova High School, another BITA school.