Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) Places Top 10 in California Economic Summit’s Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest

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BITA places in annual PIE Contest for offering a comprehensive construction training program to students in 40 high schools throughout California.

The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF)’s high school construction training curriculum, the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), placed in the top 10 of education programs entered in the Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) Contest held during the 2020 California Economic Summit.

California Forward (CA Fwd) administered the fourth annual PIE Contest in partnership with the Sierra Business Council at the California Economic Summit to award outstanding educational programs for their contribution to the state’s economy and workforce.

BITA placed among the top recipients of the PIE Contest for offering a four-year, hands-on construction training program to 40 high schools throughout California. Students in CHF’s BITA program are qualified for employment in the construction trades upon completion of the program or they can apply their training in pursuit of higher education or industry certification.

Mary Bernard, Human Resources Supervisor for Villara Building Systems, has hired numerous BITA students directly after graduating high school in Villara’s HVAC technician program.

“When you hire a BITA student, you know they have been exposed to the basic principles of construction and have a better preparedness for the industry than those who come from non-construction programs. When a student completes BITA, you know they are interested in more than a job; they want a career,” says Bernard.

The goal of the California Homebuilding Foundation is to provide construction training at no cost to students, California high schools, comprising public, private and charter schools.

The BITA curriculum is an inclusive program to ensure that all students are provided the comprehensive education to excel in the various professions made available by the homebuilding industry, regardless of background, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socioeconomic status or any other discriminating factor.

BITA runs solely on donations and grants from our generous benefactors and industry champions. To learn more, visit

About the California Homebuilding Foundation
The California Homebuilding Foundation’s mission is to advance the homebuilding industry in California by providing scholarships, publishing innovative research findings, and promoting workforce education programs. If you would like to help a BITA student, go to to make a donation to the program. CHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1978.

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