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The Construction Design & Technology (CDAT) Academy was established in 2018 to educate our students on the Building and Construction Trades, both Residential & Mechanical. As a program, we are committed to maintaining a Construction Program course of study that promotes high achievement and incorporates objectively-measured student mastery of defined curricular objectives. Students will gain real-world experience that will help them succeed in college as well as in the workplace.


CDAT Academy will engage every student in a high-quality, rigorous, and relevant curriculum, developed in partnership with business and industry, promoting creativity, innovation, leadership, community service, and lifelong learning, and allowing students to turn their “passions into paychecks”- their dreams into careers.


The mission of Construction Design & Technology Academy is to provide industry-linked curriculum and work-based learning (WBL) experiences that enable all students to reach their career goals in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency, compete in the global marketplace, and contribute to Fresno’s economic prosperity.


  • Students who analyze and apply appropriate academic standards required for successful career program completion leading to postsecondary education and employment.
  • Demonstrate health and safety procedures, regulations, and personal health practices.
  • Proficiency in conducting research to create alternative solutions to a problem unique to the Building and Construction Trades sector using critical and creative thinking, logical reasoning, analysis, inquiry, and problem-solving techniques.
  • Demonstration of effective verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively function in a team format; demonstrates empathetic listening strategies, and focused strategies needed for success in a business environment.
  • Leadership, organizational, and prioritization strategies for work-based projects.
  • Initiate, and participate in, a range of collaborations demonstrating behaviors that reflect personal and professional responsibility, flexibility, and respect in the Building and Construction Trades sector workplace environment and community settings.

Program of Study

Construction Program

HVAC Technician Program
(Dual Enrollment w/ Fresno City College)

Industry Certifications

  • Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3)
  • Osha-10: Construction
  • CPR/Basic Life Support
  • Employability Skills 

WBL Experiences

  • Self-Help Enterprises
  • Little Free Libraries’ Build & Installation

CDAT Academy Student Clubs

  • GirlBuild
  • Construction Club

CDAT Academy Teachers

Joel Osuna (joel.osuna@fresnounified.org)
Teacher and Program Lead – Construction

  • WBL Residential Construction – Exterior and Interior
  • Advanced Construction

Rick Schmelz (richard.schmelz@fresnounified.org)
Teacher, HVAC & Construction

  • WBL – Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician Program
  • Construction Technology

Steve Lathrop (stephen.lathrop@fresnounified.org)
Teacher, Construction

  • Introduction to Engineering, Construction, and Design
  • Construction Technology
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