COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – April 11, 2019 – Twenty-five local construction companies and more than one hundred students participated in Careers in Construction Colorado’s (CICC) Job Fair on April 3rd & 4th at the Citadel Mall.
Careers in Construction (CIC), a workforce-development program powered by The Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association (CSHBA) and Associated General Contractors-Colorado (AGC-C), helps students connect with construction trade education in the Pikes Peak and Southern Colorado regions.
Last week’s event connected High School students in the CIC program who have earned at least one industry-recognized certificate, with local construction companies looking to fill entry-level jobs, apprenticeships and internships. Some students were offered jobs on the spot while all were able to learn more about the trades that interest them.
“This job fair has been extremely valuable to both the CIC students and to employers like me,” Philip LaSarre, Vice President of Nunn Construction, said. “This job fair is filling much needed positions, which there have been a shortage of, industry-wide. The students were very well rounded and surprisingly impressed me with their training and thorough understanding of the OSHA 10-hour safety standards.”
The CICC Job Fair provided students the chance to not only learn more about construction careers, but also meet successful tradespeople and understand their own potential in the industry.
“They all intrigued me,” Nolan Murdock, a Junior at Power Technical (PTEC) said of the participating companies. “My dream is to one day do major plumbing work, maybe some sub-contracting, and own my own business.”
CIC students are currently earning Department of Labor-recognized certificates in basic construction skills, as well as carpentry, electrical and plumbing, giving them the option to start a career directly after high school.
“So far I’ve learned some plumbing, construction, and welding – it’s really cool,” Timothy Swartz, another PTEC Junior said.
More than one-hundred students from School Districts 2, 3, 11 and 49 participated in the CICC Job Fair. After the two-day event, students and employers alike are eager to get to work.
“I really look forward to seeing these students succeed with the opportunities they are given,” LaSarre said. “It seemed like when I was a High School student, the only opportunities available were working fast-food or bagging groceries. Thanks to all of the employers who attended this job fair, these students truly have doors to open with unlimited potential.”
Careers in Construction Colorado would like to recognize and extend our thanks to the following companies for participating in the Career Fair:
Above Treeline Construction
All Square Ltd
Art C. Klein Construction
Champion Windows & Siding
Colorado Commercial Roofing
Colorado Springs Utilities
CSI Construction Company
Home Run Electric
iiCON Construction Group, LLC
Jayne of All Trades, Inc.
Krafted Homes, Inc.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Noble Truss Colorado Inc.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
Pyramid Construction, Inc.
Roofers Local 58
Timberline Landscaping Inc.
Vantage Homes Corp.
Window World of Southern Colorado
Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA)
Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC)
Careers in Construction (CIC), established in 2015 by the Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association (CSHBA) and The Associated General Contractors-Colorado (AGC-C), is addressing the workforce shortage and dropout rates in El Paso County by putting skilled vocational education back in high schools. Due to tremendous program growth, in 2019, Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC) was formed, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving as the governing entity of the CIC program.
For more information about Careers in Construction and how to get involved, please visit www.GoBuildCO.com or contact Kitt Smith, Director of Workforce Development, at 719-592-1800 x 100 or email@example.com.