Get Involved2023-02-07T17:39:03+00:00

Get Involved – CCDI St. Louis

Our CCDI St. Louis community is vibrant and collaborative. Through the support of our partners and the efforts of our participants, CCDI has grown and proved that bringing positive change through workforce development is possible. If you are interested in joining our CCDI St. Louis community, explore out the great opportunities we offer.


Our mentors provide CCDI with their time, energy and resources to help our program and our participants. CCDI relies on industry leaders from construction pathways to be mentors to our CCDI participants. It is our mentorship’s hands-on, one-on-one approach that has made our St. Louis program such a success.
Mentor Roles and Responsiblities
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CCDI began as a mentoring program for students looking to join the construction industry, with a high rate of full-time employment after graduation. You have the power to create the future you want. Start your path to a fulfilling and lasting career by joining the Construction Career Development Initiative program.
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Create a Mentee Profile
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Company Partnerships

We partner with our clients, consultants, suppliers and subcontractors in the communities in which we operate. Just like them, CCDI is dedicated to St. Louis and its construction workforce. This program would not be possible without our partnerships with local companies. If your company is interested in taking students for job shadowing, summer interns or full-time hires, contact CCDI.
Interested in improving your industry in St. Louis?

Other Ways to Get Involved

We are always looking for volunteers to help us improve our program. If you are interested in signing up to become a volunteer or to join a CCDI Committee, see below for more information.
CCDI Volunteers
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CCDI Committee Application
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More Ways to Get Involved

Our CCDI program is growing every year and the opportunities to get involved are growing with it.
For more information on all the ways to get involved, click below

Construction Academy

St. Louis’ CCDI program offers local high school students the opportunity to participate in monthly Saturday Construction Academy classes. The 10 sessions help to expose students to career pathways in construction. Each 4 hour session focuses on:
  • Soft-skill and career development preparation
  • Real-world, hands-on-learning projects
  • Professional option & trade option guest speakers
Field trips and site visits to construction projects in the St. Louis Area

Construction Academy: October 2021

We had a great turnout for our first Saturday Academy this past week hosted at North Technical High School! In this session, new students in our program had the opportunity to explore different trade pathways by participating in 7 hands-on demonstration stations led by 13 CCDI Alum who are all working in the field! The Alum spoke on their personal experiences, best practices and provided great advice to our new students.

Station 1 Painting: Keturah Collins (Bazan Painting Company)

Station 2 Floor Laying: Janelle McGee & Mike Atkison (Flooring Systems Inc.) and Jordan Anderson (Henges Interiors)

Station 3 Equipment Operation: Arlando Bilal (Kuesel Excavating Co Inc)

Station 4 Carpentry: Darnell Jamison & Dominick Gatlin (Wies Drywall and Construction Corp.) and Robert Parker (Malecek Homes) and Anaya Griffin

Station 6 Concrete: TiMyra Granger (Tarlton Corporation) and Rodnisha Brooks (Keeley Construction Group)

Station 7 Electrical: Demarco Poole (PayneCrest Electric)

Station 8 HVAC: Ben Cranmer (Ameren)

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their Saturday to join us! Special thank you to Patrick Hanneken for designing and organizing this Academy! We are so appreciative of everything you do!

Construction Academy: February 2020

We had a great turn out for February’s Construction Academy visit to S. M. Wilson & Co – Construction ManagersCity Foundry STL jobsite! Thank you so much to Joyce Morgan and Maggie Farrell for helping to organize this fantastic field trip as well as Kerry Lorts, Zac Deets and Anthony Garza who volunteered their Saturday to lead the tour for our students. What a cool project! Can’t wait to see the finished product.
This is what #teamwork looks like! Together, we can all help #buildthefoundationforchange for our young people in St. Louis. Thank you SM Wilson!

Construction Academy: January 2020

Big shout out to Jessica Harvey for hosting our Construction Academy for January. Twenty-six high school students, eight alumnus and ten volunteers had the opportunity to learn about and tour one of St. Louis’ coolest new construction projects! Our CCDI Alum spoke to the younger students in the program about their journey to where they are at today and then engaged in a soft skills/career preparation lesson to get ready for our upcoming internship and hiring fairs! We are thrilled to see how many young people eager to learn more about our industry. They are a bright group who are ready to #buildthefoundationforchange. Thank you to all our CCDI sponsors who make these valuable opportunities possible for our students.

Please let us know if your company would be interested in hosting a field trip. We would be happy to help collaborate! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork