Incoming CCDI and North Tech Senior, Brandin Rayford, interviewed and was selected as a summer intern at Villa Lighting. He is interested in pursuing a career in the trades post-graduation. This internship is helping Brandin to build his resume and gain experience in the warehouse learning about material logistics and usages. CCDI is very thankful for Matt Villa, EVP and the team for supporting our program by hiring CCDI interns for the past 5 summers
The team at PayneCrest Electric recently checked in to share an update on 2019 CCDI Alum & Mccluer High School graduate, DeMarco Poole, who will be celebrating his 1 yr anniversary this month as an apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.
DeMarco joined CCDI during his junior year and was matched with fellow McCluer alum, Mr. David Payne, CEO of PayneCrest Electric, to be his mentor. DeMarco said, “I am very thankful for the time spent with David working in the warehouse and visiting projects. The knowledge I gained better prepared me for working out in the field as a pre-apprentice.”
DeMarco is currently working at the new McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. headquarters in Des Peres where his General Foreman, Bobby Warren requested him. Bobby said, “DeMarco was only 18 when he started working with us out in the field and his punctuality and willingness to learn was very impressive”.
DeMarco has BIG plans for the future which include becoming a journeyman wireman and investing in himself to better his life.
Thank you, Mr. Payne and the PayneCrest team, for believing in the CCDI program and giving DeMarco this opportunity and lasting mentorship!
CCDI STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Meet Mike Atkinson, 2018 CCDI graduate and member of our North Technical & CCDI Alumni Network. Mike has been working hard as an apprentice floor layer for Flooring Systems Inc. for the past two years. He is an active alum who gives back to the program by participating in Saturday Academy’s to teach high school students about what it takes to be successful in the floor laying industry.
CCDI recently received an email from Mr. Ron Komlos who shared an update from Mike’s supervisor who has been very impressed with his work ethic and wanted to reward Mike’s hard work with tool upgrades. We are always thrilled to hear positive news and would like to commend Mike for proudly representing our program. Keep up the excellent work!
We would like to thank the entire team at Flooring Systems Inc. for being a big supporter of the CCDI program. Since 2015, Flooring Systems has hired 1-2 of our graduates each year and not only retained our students, but have mentored and supported their growth. On top of that, they are always willing to donate materials to the high schools we work with, volunteer their time for hands-on demonstrations and guest speak about the opportunities in our industry.
Thank you for going above and beyond! We are so thankful for your partnership.
CCDI team surprised Darius, Build Our Future scholarship recipient ‘17, with a 21st birthday lunch this afternoon!
Darius is an incoming senior at Missouri Western where he is studying Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Construction. Darius is mentored by Rick Moeckel, Executive Vice President of Clayco’s Institutional Business Unit and also an alumni of Missouri Western!
We are so proud of you, Darius and we hope you have a fantastic birthday and a strong start to your senior year of college!
Meet recent CCDI ‘20 grad and new hire, Joseph and CCDI grad ‘19, Terry who are working hard each day at DJM Ecological Services, Inc.
The team awarded Joseph a Visa gift card to help him purchase work clothes, tools and boots for his first day on the job. We had the opportunity to check in last week to see how life post-high school is going and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be working full-time and helping out his family. Joseph said: “Everyone at DJM has been so friendly and helpful to me since I started working. I’ve learned more in the past month than I ever imagined. I’m very happy with my decision to go into the trades after graduating. Thanks Mr. Hanneken and CCDI for helping me get started!”
We also received an excellent update and report about Terry who graduated from the CCDI program in 2019. Terry began his career working for Byrne & Jones and later transitioned into a position at DJM. Erin Mutert of DJM stated: “Terry takes every opportunity to participate in projects at DJM.. he works weekends and travels out of town. He will stay late or come early if something is needed. Since he is so flexible, it has allowed him to see all type of work and learn a lot.”
CCDI would like to thank everyone at DJM for supporting and hiring our graduates!
Rashad Johnson, 2020 Build Our Future Scholarship recipient, was selected to participate in Clayco’s highly competitive college internship program this summer. He is currently interning and being mentored by Matthew Drobak, EIT on the Edge West project.
Rashad is well on his way to becoming a civil engineer and will be taking classes at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Wash U/UMSL Joint Engineering program this fall.
“Being a part of the CCDI program this past year has been a complete blessing.” Rashad said, “I have not only been shown the vast opportunities and pathways in the construction industry, but I have been warmly welcomed, loved and treated with respect by everyone in the program. CCDI helped me to get an internship at Clayco two summers in a row. This opportunity has allowed me to gain real-world, hands on experience in my future career as a civil engineer. I’m proud to be a part of a program and intern with a company that is advocating for change in the construction industry while helping our community grow and prosper.”
Keep working hard towards achieving your goals, Rashad! We’ll be here to the finish line!