Project H.O.O.D. and ABC-IL Host First Construction Class Graduation
This summer, Project H.O.O.D., in partnership with the Illinois Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC-IL), held its first construction training class. Six students successfully graduated from the 10-week program and received certifications in Carpentry Level 1 and CORE from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. The graduates were then interviewed by contractors at a job fair hosted by Project H.O.O.D. and ABC-IL on August 23, 2017.
The students of Project H.O.O.D.’s first construction class were recruited from the Chicagoland area. Project H.O.O.D. specifically sought out individuals with barriers to employment such as criminal records, low or poor education, low or no income, homeless, runaways and young, single parents.
Associated Builders and Contractors, a national association with 72 chapters representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees, provided the curriculum, training and certifications.
ABC’s educational affiliate is the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the two organizations work closely in the development, revision and publication of the NCCER Curriculum. These NCCER certifications allow the graduates to have trackable credentials for employers so that they may pursue careers and further education in an industry with an extreme craft worker shortage.
Given the unique challenges of the students recruited for the program, a series of wrap-around services were provided by Preservation of Affordable Housing’s (POAH) Woodlawn Resource Center (WRC). The WRC used counseling, coaching and financial education to help the students create a financial plan, build their financial literacy and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Contractors from the Chicagoland area have committed to interviewing and/or hiring Project H.O.O.D.’s graduates and held a job fair on August 23, 2017. The contractors who have partnered with Project H.O.O.D. are Manhattan Mechanical Services, LLC in Manhattan, IL, Johnson Electric and Communications in Crestwood, IL, Construction Contracting Services, Inc. in Chicago, IL, GMA Construction Group in Chicago, IL
Brown & Momen, Inc. in Chicago, IL, Battaglia Industries, Inc. in Arlington Heights, IL and The Edge Construction Co, Inc. in Bartlett, IL.
The students from this first contingent are now in their next phase of interviews.
Project H.O.O.D. and ABC-IL will have a second cohort in early 2018.