Careers In Construction
Careers in Construction Team

Renee Zentz

Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs CEO- The CEO of the Housing & Building Association serves as a community and national ambassador and speaker for our program. CEO is responsible for top-level strategy and identifying and maintaining relationships with industry/business partners, sponsors and supporters, as well as workforce development partners. The CEO works to affect change on an industry-wide level, including introducing similar programs in schools across the country, and tackling issues such as barriers to employment.

Kitt Smith

Director of Workforce Development- The director of workforce manages the day-to-day operations of Careers in Construction and provides staff support to the Workforce Development Council and its subcommittees.

  • Program oversight
    • Works directly with educators (CTE Directors, teachers) to ensure their program needs are being met and they have appropriate industry support
    • Manages school compliance as defined in per-school memorandums of agreement
    • Oversees job placement program
    • Manages website communications
    • Identifies and finalizes the participation of new school districts
    • Responsible for communication and outreach to influencers within the community to provide program information and updates
    • Identifies and schedules careers fairs and industry days and work with the program coordinator on execution
    • Oversees the efforts of the program coordinator and PPWFC Young Adult Job Coach
  • Grant Oversight
    • Seeks and applies for funding opportunities
    • Manages and tracks all measurable outcomes and ensures those outcomes are met
    • Relays feedback from all stakeholders (educators, students, parents, industry members) to guide the marketing strategy and efforts

Eva Jamieson

Workforce Development Liaison- the workforce development liaison is responsible for working directly with the program’s students and instructors. They have been tasked with getting to know each student and what their industry-related areas of interest are, as well as barriers to employment.

  • Employability
    • Soft-skills training in the classroom
    • Conduct one-on-one meetings with students (in conjunction with the Young Adult Coach) to identify available job opportunities and help with resumes and interview prep
    • Tracks the student enrollment as well as what certificates are earned to verify completers and enrollment outcomes
  • Industry Experience
    • Work with instructors to identify needs for speakers and field trips and coordinate with a subcommittee to identify participants
    • Coordinate with a subcommittee of the Workforce Development Council tasked with industry outreach to identify potential employers
    • Meets with students to identify job opportunities, provide one-on-one help and job coaching for current students
  • Recruitment
    • Distribute flyers and engage with prospective students during the lunch hour, as well as at career fairs

About Company

Careers in Construction was launched in 2015 to help young people connect with construction trade education in the Pikes Peak and Southern Colorado regions - and to encourage our allies in the construction industry to join us in creating good career opportunities while helping their industries.


Contact Info

4585 Hilton Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80907