North Tech Hosts CCDI Academy Event
North Tech’s Construction Trades and Carpentry seniors impressed area employers, high school students, and a film crew from the American Graduate series on Nine Network during a Construction Career Development Initiative Academy (CCDI) event on campus last weekend.
Our students served as peer instructors throughout the event, using their skills to assist with carpentry activities including framing skills and teamwork training. Academy members included students from North Tech, Jennings, Ferguson-Florissant, Ritenour and Hazelwood school districts. Pat Hanneken, Construction Trades instructor, said the event was a big success and visiting students gained new skills and an appreciation for North Tech’s programs. “It was a great event for our students to share their carpentry knowledge and the visitors enjoyed themselves as they learned from their peers,” he said.
CCDI is a nonprofit organization founded by Clayco in 2015. Its mission is to connect youth in underserved communities with career opportunities in the design and construction industry, including all options from professional trades to college degree programs.
CCDI has four guiding principles: real world experience, awareness of opportunities, support, and academic scholarship. CCDI goes beyond the classroom to get students into real-world working environments for valuable career training. Jobs in construction span a diverse range of disciplines and pathways and CCDI strives to build awareness of various trade apprentice programs and high demand, skilled job openings. Training and mentorship are just the beginning. CCDI also provides the support and direction students need to successfully find gainful employment and to help bridge the gap in middle skills workforce development in St. Louis. Finally, CCDI focuses on academic scholarship by assisting students in attaining both industry certifications and two-or-four year STEM-related degrees. CCDI embraces the communities they serve as partners and devote time, energy, and resources to mentoring and exposing our future workforce to career development.
Clayco’s partnership with North Tech began three years ago when CCDI was in its infancy. The program works with students in North Tech’s Construction Trades, Carpentry, Electrical Trades, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning, and Welding majors. Students are selected by their instructors to participate in the program based on their performance, grades, discipline and attendance and students must maintain these high standards to remain a part of the CCDI program. As the initiative strives to build bridges from school to work, it incorporates the same measures that are used to evaluate job performance.
To date, 32 North Tech students have received offers of employment from Clayco and their partners. CCDI has also established a summer intern program for juniors this past year in which 9 students have gained employment with suppliers and subcontractors. These internships will earn the students between $12 and $15 an hour while exposing them to potential career pathways and giving them an opportunity to network with future industry partners.
North Tech is now accepting applications for all programs Fall 2019. Please visit the “Application” tab on our website for more information.