Building and Construction Program Promotes Teamwork and Creativity

(Nassau County, Fla.) – February 17, 2020 – The Nassau Education Foundation each year provides matching grant funds to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout Nassau County. CTE is the practice of teaching skills-based careers to students in middle school, high school and post-secondary institutions. This year funding was granted to the  Building and Construction Program at Yulee High School. This program incorporates a variety of hands-on activities and lessons with a focus on teamwork and creativity. Students study the principles of designing and crafting structures. Students are eligible to test for several different industry certifications as well.

Nassau County Foundation board member, Julie McGuinnes recently visited Mike Landtroop’s Building and Construction class at Yulee High School. The class was wrapping up a busy semester with a culminating activity. Several groups of students designed and built a domino chain using their construction knowledge. Creating a chain that would successfully fall down requires creativity and strong team work. Students used different configurations, bridges, ramps and spirals. One misplaced domino could lead to the entire chain stopping. 

Students in Mike Landtroop’s class are getting ready to film their domino chain in action.

Students in the higher level classes learn to build a replica of a house. If they continue in the program they go on to build an addition on their house.

Yulee High School Building Construction Technology instructor Mike Landtroop shows a student’s house with an addition.

Student’s in Mr. Landtroop’s classes can earn NCCER CORE certifications. NCCER stands for the National Center for Construction Education Research. NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance  curriculum and assessments. There are a number of construction career pathways. Students completing the NCCER CORE may continue to AS degrees in Industrial Management Technology, Building and Construction Technology or Architectural Design and Construction Technology. There is also the potential for apprenticeships through NEFBA (The Northeast Florida Builders Association). FSCJ has workforce certificate programs.

About the Nassau Education Foundation 

The Nassau Education Foundation (NEF) is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide funding opportunities and support initiatives that enhance public education, recognize teachers and inspire students to excel. Working in conjunction with the Nassau County School District and directed by a voluntary Board comprised of business, education and community leaders, our vision is to see the community united to maximize the support for public education by providing funding that gives all students the advanced skills and knowledge needed to compete in the 21st-century economy. In five years, the Nassau Education Foundation has donated over $500,000.00 to Nassau County Schools, its teachers and students.  For more information, visit or call 904-753-0299.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF)

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations.  Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools in achieving student success. The CFEF now has 65 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has facilitated more than $52 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.  To learn more about the CFEF and the statewide impact of the program, visit