Practical Architectural Construction (PAC)

The Practical Architectural Construction program, the capstone course in the Construction Career Pathway, provides actual onsite work experience in the building trades, construction and related areas. Students have the opportunity to work with the tools of carpentry and related trades while building a single-family residence within the District.

This course is part of the District 214 dual credit program. Upon successful completion of the course, students may receive Harper College credit.

Since the PAC program started 30 years ago, students have constructed more than 20 single-family homes throughout Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling. They also have constructed other projects for the District, including stadium press boxes and storage buildings, gaining real-world experience.

The current program accommodates 40 to 50 juniors and seniors. The students, under the supervision of program instructors, gain experience in all phases of the construction trades.

For detailed information on the history of the PAC program and past projects, click here.

Practical Architectural Construction (PAC) program application