Events

CCDI Calendar

Date Event
September 29, 2018 Construction Academy
October 2, 2018 Golf Tournament
October 27, 2018 Construction Academy
November 17, 2018 Construction Academy
December 15, 2018 Construction Academy
January 26, 2019 Construction Academy
February 23, 2019 Construction Academy
March 16, 2019 Construction Academy
April 27, 2019 Construction Academy
May 18, 2019 Construction Academy

See how CCDI has been sharing our mission and engaging with students at our recent events.


Job Shadowing


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Our CCDI student Ben Hayes has been job shadowing with Clayco and its subsidiaries to learn about many of the different jobs within the industry. He is currently attending St. Louis University majoring in Civil Engineering.

Corey Freeman Internship

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Corey Freeman interned with Midwest Testing and worked in their laboratory testing the compressive strength of concrete specimens. The concrete is sampled at construction sites, the samples delivered to the lab for curing, then tested for their strength. Midwest Testing has enjoyed having Corey work with them in their lab!

Construction Academy: August 2018




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CCDI Construction Academy kicked off its second campaign this August. Twenty-five students from nine local high schools met at the Clayco office for the introductory session. Students heard presentations from Tom Sieckhaus, Executive VP (Clayco) on project management, Tim Plescia (Clayco-Intern) on the Realwear Technology headset (a cutting edge technology being developed to help increase productivity, safety, and dramatically decrease the cost of doing business). Students also heard from Olivia Martin who came and spoke about National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and their Pre-Collegiate Initiative called NSBE Jr. and how her involvement in the program yielded over $250,000 of scholarship dollars awarded for her to attend Washington University. Lastly, Dan Lester (Director – Clayco/CSI) finished up with a personal and inspirational speech encouraging CCDI students to seize the moment and opportunities in front of them in order to garner success in this pivotal time of their lives. CCDI thanks all of the parents/guardians, mentors, volunteers, and stakeholders who helped to make the Construction Academy a success.

CCDI Build Our Future Scholarship Recipients Presented with Laptops


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The CCDI Build Our Future Scholarship recipients Kyah Donald and Trenton Kwasa were presented with laptops, laptop bags, power banks, thumb drives, and notepads. CCDI is proud to support these two exceptional students as they start their collegiate journey at St. Louis Community College in the Engineering Sciences program to cover their general education requirements allowing them to transfer into their chosen schools of Missouri S&T for Kyah and Washington University-UMSL Joint Engineering program for Trenton. Thanks to Clayco, Tim Kleczkowski, Sandra Marks, and Derek Maschek for all of their support throughout this process. Go Kyah and Trenton!!

CCDI Program Manager Announcement

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CCDI is very excited to announce that we now have our first full-time dedicated employee, Program Manager Rachel Boemer. Rachel started August 8 and is based in Clayco’s St. Louis office. For the past six years, Rachel served as a high school teacher at an inner-city high school, Gateway STEM. She taught social studies and career development to 9th graders, as well as coached sports, sponsored clubs, and led student activities. Rachel’s passion is to improve the quality of urban education with the help of community partnerships and nonprofit programs like that of CCDI. To reach Rachel, please contact rachelboemer@ccdi.org or 314-592-5667.

Job Placement


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Ryan is progressing well at his new job with PM Leach! Every foreman he has worked with only has good things to say about him. He has been on multiple projects since joining the PM Leach team, and he is currently working on a project called Wellbridge TI which is a Clayco jobsite in Clayton, Missouri.