Career Pathways Initiative

Construction career collaborative wins national award

Posted by Andrala Walker - On December 12, 2011 (EST)

Greater Cincinnati Construction Career Pathway Collaborative, an initiative to promote construction training and careers, was recognized nationally by the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) with a Workforce Development Award.

The Pathway Collaborative, a partnership between the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) and the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network (GCWN), is a holistic approach to promoting construction careers for low-skilled adult workers as well as middle and high school students.

Although the SWORWIB has been working on construction career projects since 2002, the Collaborative was formally launched in 2008. The Collaborative was formed by Sherry Kelley Marshall, President/CEO of the SWORWIB, who began it in response to requests from senior managers of Southwest Ohio construction companies, who were concerned that they would not have enough workers to replace an aging workforce.

Additionally, Joseph Hummel, then Executive Director of Allied Construction Industries (ACI), and Pete Strange, then President/CEO of Messer Construction Inc., asked the SWORWIB to assist the industry in reaching youth. In 2009, the SWORWIB was awarded a grant from the Spirit of Construction Foundation to fund a middle school outreach program. That program has led to after-school construction clubs and summer construction camps at private and public schools in Cincinnati. The SWORWIB also works closely with construction industry leaders on high school outreach, including Construction Career Days.

Since the launch of the Collaborative, the ACI and GCWN have expanded services to disadvantaged, minority and women adult job seekers, with 222 adults completing pre-apprenticeship programs and receiving nationally recognized credentials. More than 50 percent of those have also become employed or been accepted into registered apprenticeship programs, says Janice Urbanik, Director of Industry Partnerships for GCWN.

“It’s very gratifying to have our construction pathway work recognized nationally by the Construction Users Roundtable,” says Marshall. “We know from our employers that the work we are doing with both adult workers and youth is making a difference.”

Other programs recognized Nov. 8 at CURT’s national conference in Phoenix, Ariz., included ConocoPhillips Project Development Summit Program, KBR OnTrack Leadership Academy, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s “We Build” Program.

 

 




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