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St. Louis

Our Story

CCDI was founded by Clayco in 2015 in response to the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri to provide a program for selected young adults in North County to help them overcome barriers to success, pair them in long-term one-on-one mentorship, offer financial support, and create opportunities for job placement. Clayco’s vision and ultimate goal with CCDI was to support workforce diversity and bridge the gap in workforce development. Clayco realized this task could not be completed alone and over the past 5 years CCDI has grown beyond the walls of Clayco to include many partnerships in the St. Louis community with school districts, local leaders and general contractors and subcontractors.

Our Goal

CCDI’s mission is to bring diversity to the Design and Construction industry by mentoring and exposing minority, underrepresented and underserved students to career development in construction. Our guiding principles include: One-on-one mentorship, raising awareness for construction opportunities, spread knowledge about the industry and provide life skills training needed to succeed, assist with job placement, and encourage young adults to be lifelong learners.


Nationwide the construction industry is thriving, but as baby boomers continue to retire, the gap in finding qualified workers to hire continues to increase. Over the past few decades, our society has moved away from the idea of going into a skilled trade as a successful career path as the rise in higher education has become a more popular choice. One of our many goals within CCDI is to help change the stigma of skilled trade careers by cultivating renewed interest in apprenticeship programs and vocational schools with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.

Our Impact

CCDI works closely with high schools in underserved communities in the St. Louis area. Our vision is that through these educational relationships, CCDI students will learn about design and construction, receive exposure to job opportunities in the industry, create career paths for themselves and opportunities for college scholarships and promising futures. CCDI currently has 70 active students who attend monthly events and 40 students who participate in our one-to-one mentorship program. We also closely work with North Technical High School’s Construction program. Each year we host a spring hiring event to help connect these graduating seniors to full-time careers in the industry, as well as place junior students in summer internships. CCDI has helped place over 75 students into full-time positions in the construction industry since 2015.

CCDI’s annual Build Our Future Scholarship is awarded to top-qualifying high school seniors who exhibit a desire to pursue employment in the construction industry through the fields of engineering, architecture or construction/project management. CCDI has awarded this scholarship since our infancy in 2015. We have assisted over 25 students with scholarships to pursue higher education. Our program has partnerships with UMSL Wash U Joint Engineering Program, Missouri Science and Technology, Missouri Western and Ranken, to name a few. In addition to financial assistance, CCDI offers guidance, tutoring and mentorship throughout our students’ collegiate journey from job shadowing to internships to career placement. The Build Our Future Scholarship is not just for 4-year bound college students. We have several apprentice scholars who work full-time in the field and attend college classes in the evenings. These students aspire to work their way up the industry pipeline while obtaining valuable on the job training.

St. Louis Events

Construction Academy: September 2022

CCDI kicked off our first Saturday Academy of the school year this past weekend at Clayco! We had a great turnout of 25 students from North Technical, Innovation, Riverview, Pattonville, University City, Ritenour, McCluer, Lutheran North, Belleville East, Northview, Hazelwood Central, West & East! Special thanks to our Clayco guest speakers: Dan Lester Sr., MCA, Branyea (Bran-Yay) Jones, Jesse Sanders and Tom Sieckhaus. The students had the opportunity to learn about the company, take a tour of the building and then jumped into team building and soft-skill professional development! We are really excited about this year’s class of students and

September 23rd, 2022|

North Tech: Back to School 2022

Shout out to the amazing teachers, administrators and students at North Technical High School on their first day back to school! We look forward to working with the fantastic construction cluster this year! North Tech truly goes above and beyond the call when it comes to education. This school is doing #CareerTechnicalEducation RIGHT! We are so thankful to partner with you and wish you the best as you start out another school year. Thank you to Dr. Ronda Wallace and Patrick Hanneken for ALL you do to support the CCDI program and our students.

August 22nd, 2022|

Build Our Future Scholarships 2022

CCDI is proud to support our Build Our Future scholarship students! This year with the help of donations from all our partners, we are assisting students with $135,000 in scholarships!! Wow! Sending best wishes to 19 of our BOF recipients as they head off to school this week! Many of these students just wrapped up summer internships and had great reports from the companies they were hired at. We hope you each have a successful semester at school and do well in your studies! Keep working hard towards your goals!

August 22nd, 2022|

Construction Academy: April 2022

Big thanks to S. M. Wilson & Co. for hosting our April Saturday Academy jobsite visit this past weekend at the Spoede Elementary project in the LADUE SCHOOL DISTRICT! The CCDI students had the opportunity to meet the project team and learn about each of their career paths in the construction industry. They spent time reviewing the project blueprints and got to go on a tour of the jobsite followed by a lunch with the project team! So many great questions! Thank you so much to the S.M. Wilson staff for coming out on your day off to speak to

April 25th, 2022|

Construction Academy: March 2022

For our March Saturday Academy session, CCDI students had the incredible opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of the construction going on at Centene Stadium! A huge shout out to the Mortenson | Alberici Constructors | Keeley Construction Group joint venture team for hosting and allowing our students to see the awesome work taking place in our city. Special thanks to Lance Cage, Alberici Executive Vice President and Tim Gunn, Alberici Project Executive for volunteering their Saturday to engage with our students and truly make this a memorable experience. We are so excited to see the finished product!

April 7th, 2022|

Jobsite Tour: Delmar Divine

Our CCDI students took a field trip to the Delmar DivINe this past Saturday for our February Academy session! Thank you to Matthew Drobak, EIT, JD Sossamon and Tom Sieckhaus for taking time out of your weekend to talk to the students about career opportunities in the construction trades and giving them an in depth tour of the progress on the project. We have a great group of kids this year!

February 21st, 2022|