CPI Field School locations at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor, irreplaceable national cultural treasures deserving of the highest preservation investment, are unique locations in the world helping tell the powerful story of concrete’s role as a foundation of modern civilization. The original military purpose, design, and construction of their structures demonstrates long standing concrete durability that has fallen victim to deferred maintenance. These sites help tell the parallel story of failing infrastructure through a lens by which everyone can find focus. CPI’s high profile, publically promoted projects on NPS sites - undertaken by leading experts utilizing the best/most appropriate technology, completed while training young military personnel for civilian careers, and supported by industry - attract media and PR attention helping educate broad audiences about needed infrastructure resources and highlighting our responsibility to deliver on promises made to military service members and their families.
Additional Sponsors & Partners
Alcatraz Field School Overview, 2016 - 4 minutes
CPI Alcatraz Island Founding Sponsor
Making the case: The US has a shortage of skilled trades and management personnel to address new construction and failing infrastructure needs; ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gives America's infrastructure a dismal D+. The US National Park Service has limited budgets to deal with their significant stock of landmark and other structures in need of evaluation, repair, and maintenance; NPS has $12 billion in deferred maintenance, half of that is transportation related. The US military has a strong commitment to preparing active duty personnel for post-service success; many service members seek additional training and connection to employers to increase their chances of successful civilian employment.
CPI Pearl Harbor Founding Sponsor
Alcatraz Field School Overview, 2014 - 10 minutes
About Alcatraz Island, 2016 - 2 minutes
CPI is a non-profit educational foundation that trains and inspires quality people and connects them to civilian concrete, construction, and infrastructure careers while preserving landmark structures. We accomplish this mission with our Field School Program, with our Job Placement Program, as an official US military Career Skills Program for active duty service members, and as a partner of the US National Park Service..
Our Commitment to Jobs
In the News: CPI highlighted in US Congressional Testimony
Our Commitment to Public Lands
Why Alcatraz and Pearl Harbor?
The concrete and construction industries are among the world’s largest industries; they support CPI and hire our participants for skilled trades and management careers. Our important landmark preservation work attracts candidates who may not otherwise have considered these industries. We encourage employers to make job offers prior to service members’ expiration terms of service so their final military move is to their job location. For college-bound participants, our staff with university teaching/leadership backgrounds provide connections to related college programs.
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Upcoming Session Dates:
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California
Summer 2017: 30 May - 18 August
Fall 2017: 28 August - 17 November
Spring 2018: 5 February - 27 April
Summer 2018: 29 May - 17 August
Fall 2018: 27 August - 16 November
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Summer 2017: 5 June - 25 August
Fall 2017: 18 September - 8 December
Spring 2018: 5 February - 27 April
Summer 2018: 29 May - 17 August
Fall 2018: 24 September - 14 December
Our Commitment to Service
Active Duty Military Preparing for Civilian Careers
We honor their service by providing powerful, goal-oriented, safe experiences leading to solid career opportunities for active duty service members seeking job training while they complete their military service. We are dedicated to operating ahead of the veteran-to-civilian transition curve that too often results in veterans unemployed or underemployed. Our training capacity is increased by our Industry Field School that connects military service members with CPI partnering industry companies to work on building and infrastructure projects.
As a partner of the US National Park Service, we bring needed expertise, people power, & resources to extend limited federal budgets. Our full-time, year around presence allows us to not only complete our projects, but also complete continuous stewardship projects that extend the lives of major capitol investment projects completed by others.
Our Commitment to National Parks
Education, Preservation, & Continuous Stewardship
CPI has partnered with Pacific Historic Parks to win a $250,000 American Express grant award for preservation in National Parks. The award funds initial preservation of a Pearl Harbor Battleship Row historic mooring quays as part of the CPI Field School at Pearl Harbor. Read More
CPI was approved at the first overseas Career Skills Program for the US Army. Active duty service members from any service branch may participate.
Henry Freimuth, US Navy veteran and 2015 CPI Alumni, was highlighted in the RMC Research & Education Foundation 2015 Year-end Update. Read more
CPI was awarded a $100,000 National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project Grantthat was matched by funds generously donated by our founding sponsor, BASF, and the Concrete Industry Management patrons.
We are committed to a culture of safety every day in our work and personal lives. Field School participants and everyone involved with CPI will experience this culture and be asked to join us with their own personal and professional safety commitment.
Our Commitment to People
Personal & Job Site Safety
Veterans to Infrastructure
Our Commitment to the Environment
Our Commitment to Local Communities
Youth Mentoring & Veterans Coming Home
Our Commitment to Lifelong Learning
Industry Professional Development
Our Commitment to Advancement
Our Commitment to Training
Field School Program
Concrete is the second most consumed material in the world next to water. It's sustainable and long lasting but many concrete structures today are at risk due to deferred maintenance. Concrete evaluation, repair, and maintenance are relatively new fields growing in response to current needs. CPI’s directors, two of whom were named among the five most influential people in the industry by Concrete Construction magazine, are internationally recognized leaders dedicated to advancing the overall industry through workforce development, professional training and certification, appropriate use of technology, and emphasizing high-quality, long-term durable solutions. We teach Field School participants in the context of repair and maintenance of important landmark structures, preparing them for careers in any area of concrete, construction, and infrastructure that help our country meet the goal of strong, sustainable, long lasting structures.
We positively impact communities through community service projects - military service members mentor local youth while completing improvement projects. Through our nationwide industry network, we help service members find careers in communities where they have family roots or seek to establish their civilian future.
The significance of our Field School is strengthened by leading industry subject matter experts serving as guest lecturers and opportunities for mid-career professionals to gain professional development and serve as Field School mentors. The US Army Corp of Engineers recently brought their engineers to Alcatraz for first-hand exposure to the latest developments in concrete repair and inspire Field School participants.
We partner with industry and agencies for field validation & applied research that advances the craft and science of evaluation, construction, repair, and preservation. We are currently working with NASA to adapt their outer space travel Co2 reduction technology for use in the worldwide cement industry and develop ultra-durable cement for use in commercial and infrastructure concrete applications
Please contact us if you would like to share our story or have our staff give a presentation for a conference, meeting, or event.
Recruiters from any industry or profession and universities are invited to interview our Field School participants for management careers, skilled trade and craft jobs, additional industry internships, and university degree programs.
Field School Dates
Training and Inspiring Quality People, Connecting Them to Civilian Careers in Concrete, Construction, and Infrastructure while Preserving National Landmarks
Past Articles & Newsletters
"Working at Alcatraz" Concrete Construction Magazine, January 2015
CPI News January 2015
CPI News December 2014
"Preserving Concrete on 'The Rock'" American Society of Civil Engineers
by Kevin Wilcox, June 3, 2014
"Hidden History Found Beneath Alcatraz" BBC News: Science & Environment, by Rebecca Morelle, February 26, 2014
Active duty military personnel, please contact CPI directly for application instructions. Veterans, other military related personnel, college students, and other young adults over age 18, please use online application available on this website to apply. Session dates are listed below. No prior experience required.
The CPI Field School partners with the National Park Service at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor. We complete significant structural repair, evaluation, maintenance, and new construction projects on landmark structures and sites that increase longevity, visitor access, and safety. Our participants serve 12 weeks learning and earning industry certifications while completing all management and hands-on aspects of significant real-world projects. We encourage individuals with or without experience, and/or an interest in construction, to apply and discover where they fit into the future of US construction, infrastructure, and preservation.
We invite partnerships with agencies, organizations, and companies to achieve common goals. We invite sponsor or donor support for specific Field School sites, projects, or individual participants.