Get to know our partners’ and participants’ with some of our recent success stories.
Sponsors and Mentors
Our Sponsors and Mentors are men and women that go above and beyond to support our program and provide guidance to jobseekers.
Tommy Davis II
Tommy Davis II is the president and founder of TD4 Electrical LLC. in St. Louis. TD4 Electrical LLC. is a minority-owned electrical construction services provider. He has recently been accompanying CCDI on our visits to local schools and helping prepare the seniors for upcoming spring job fairs. Along with visiting school and talking to teens about electrical contracting, he is an active CCDI Mentor and works one on one with his mentee DeHon Mull.
David Payne is president of PayneCrest, an electrical contracting firm in St.Louis. David is a very active member in the CCDI program. Over the past few years, he has taken on several CCDI interns at his company, spoken to many classes about construction careers and given industry insight, and he is a CCDI Mentor. David is currently mentoring CCDI Mentee DeMarco Poole. David and DeMarco recently toured a local jobsite for a first-hand look at the scope of electrical work that goes into projects.
Career Builders are CCDI participants that have completed their apprenticeships and are building their careers in construction.
Kori Jaminson is a journeyman laborer in her first year. In the summer of 2016, Kori was accepted to the pre-apprentice programs through the Chicago Women in Trades. It was there that she became determined to work hard and become a tradeswoman. While in school, she also worked as a prep cook in a local restaurant. She was approached by Bob Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco at a recruiting event and was soon hired to work on the Cook County Central Campus Health Center. Bolstered by her work stability, Kori hopes to continue her professional development and was recently promoted to the role of assistant superintendent.
Malik Johnson has now journeyed out of his labor apprenticeship and is a full-time journeyman working for Clayco. Malik completed his two year minimum laborer apprenticeship in under one year. He boasts an impressive resume of well over 17 certifications. Malik has begun his third year of evening classes at St. Louis Community College this semester with a set goal to obtain his Associates in Applied Science. CCDI is providing the financing for tuition and books. He is interested in furthering his education to become a Safety Engineer. We are happy to report Malik is currently mentoring Clayco’s new labor apprentice, Brian Keaton. We look forward to many great updates from both of these fine young men!
Bryan Keaton started his career path to a journeyman as a labor-apprentice on a Clayco jobsite in Chesterfield, Missouri. He is currently being mentored by a senior CCDI participant, Malik Johnson. He is still completing his apprenticeship, but says he feels nothing but positivity and support from those around him.
Apprentice Scholars are CCDI participants that are pursuing apprenticeships and higher education.
PFC. Chris Conners started with CCDI while in high school and graduated from North County Technical High School in June of 2016. Since his high school graduation, Chris joined the Missouri National Guard at Fort Leonard Wood. Tom Sieckhaus, his mentor, attended his graduation this past March. Chris will continue to serve in the Missouri National Guard as he works closer to his goal of becoming a Civil Engineer! Chris currently works full-time for Concrete Strategies, while attending night school at St. Louis Community College to obtain his Associates degree.
Keishawn Outlaw, one of CCDI’s newest Build Our Future Scholarship award winners, has begun St. Louis Community College as part of the apprentice scholarship program with CCDI. Special thanks to Concrete Strategies for providing Keishawn with full-time employment and the tools to successfully start his carpentry apprenticeship!
Build Our Future Scholarship Students
Build Our Future Scholarship Students are CCDI students that are pursing degrees in construction on a scholarship.
Trenton Kwasa and Kyah Donald
The CCDI Build Our Future Scholarship recipients Trenton Kwasa and Kyah Donald 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 in St. Louis—UMSL Joint Engineering program for Trenton. Thanks to Clayco, Tim Kleczkowski, Sandra Marks, and Derek Maschek for all of their support throughout this process.