CCDI is very proud & extremely excited to announce that our first ever grad, Malik Johnson ‘15, has begun a new career chapter this week with icon Mechanical! Malik has been a huge part of CCDI since the start. Not only being the proud face of the program, he truly is one of our biggest advocates & active grads who gives back & represents the core mission.
Malik’s journey into the construction industry didn’t come easy. As one of the first students, he helped to pave the way for those who followed. He graduated from North Technical & received a Build Our Future scholarship becoming one of our first Apprentice Scholars. He took night classes at Saint Louis Community College and LIUNA training center. Malik became a journeymen laborer in less than 2 years while jointly earning a Skilled Trades A.A.S. Malik worked as a laborer for Clayco for 5 years gaining experience & exploring different pathways in construction.
7 weeks ago, Malik was presented the opportunity to be a part of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Champions Diversity Initiative Program. Last Friday, surrounded by an impressive showing of Missouri leadership, he graduated with 13 other champions! CCDI would like to thank Steve Faust for all you’ve done for both Malik & the program! Cheers to your next chapter, Malik!
In preparation of CCDI student Malik Sediqzad’s first semester at Harvard, CCDI organized an immersive week to help get him ready for the school year. Malik spent time with the Lamar Johnson Collaborative team learning about architecture design and VDC software, and also received some college insight from one of LJC’s Harvard alum. Malik also spent time with the Clayco team touring local jobsites. At the end of the week, Malik was presented with a laptop to help get his freshman year off to a great start! Good luck Malik!
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!