News and Events2019-02-26T17:53:54+00:00

CCDI School Partnership

CCDI is excited to announce our new partnership with the engineering department at Phoenix Union Bioscience High School! The team kicked off our first monthly session this past week at the #SkyeOn6thProject. Each month, 25 juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to tour the project and learn about engineering pathways in the construction industry, as well as apply for future internships and college scholarships!

Thank you so much to Principal Dr. Holly Batsell for allowing us to partner with your school! Thank you to Ms. Britny Delp, NBCT and Mr. Milton Johnson for inviting us to engage with your students and inviting us into your classroom for this special experience. We look forward to our next visit!

Shout out to the #SkyeOn6th project team for going beyond these walls to help the CCDI program build the foundation for change in the Phoenix community!

November 1st, 2021|

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!

October 27th, 2021|

Bowling Night 2021

Had an awesome turnout at our Welcome Back & New Student Bowling Night! We are looking forward to getting to know this great new bunch of students who have signed up to be a part of our program this year! Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening with us! Our first Saturday Academy will be on October 23rd from 10am to 1:30pm at North Tech High School. All are welcome to attend.

September 29th, 2021|

Project Kinloch Clean Up Event

Thank you to the CCDI Alumi Students and the construction instructors from North Technical HS and St. Louis Job Corps for coming out to volunteer at the Project Kinloch Clean Up Event. It was great to see so many organizations come out to support the effort and work together to make a big difference in this community.

Thank you again to Kuesel Excavating Co Inc and Concrete Strategies LLC. for giving us a huge head start by filling and hauling away 6 massive dumpsters of trash prior to the event.

August 30th, 2021|

Alumni Spotlight: Arlando Bilial

A HUGE shout out to 2017 graduate, Arlando Bilal, on journeying out of his apprenticeship with ! Arlando has been a part of the Kuesel team for the past 4 years and says he couldn’t have picked a better career and company to work for. Arlando’s former teacher, Patrick Hanneken and CCDI, recognized Arlando at our recent Signing Day event on his big accomplishment and awarded him with a Home Depot gift card and a special hand-crafted trophy! Thank you Kuesel for sponsoring Arlando and supporting him along his journey. We are so proud to see another CCDI grad journey out and extremely thankful to Mr. Steiniger for retaining Arlando through the process. Brandin has big footsteps to follow, but an even bigger support network to help him succeed! It takes a village. #BuildingTheFoundationForChange #Kuesel

August 24th, 2021|

Student Spotlight: JaSean Jones

Congratulations to 2021 CCDI grad, JaSean Jones, on the purchase of his first vehicle! CCDI is proud to help another trades pathway student with a down payment and financial literacy guidance to ensure reliable transportation for this young man as he begins his career. Thank you to St. Louis Community Credit Union and the Sure Rides program for assisting JaSean with his first loan.

After graduating from McCluer North High School in May, JaSean was selected for Millstone Weber, LLC’s PAVE summer internship program. This experience helped JaSean solidify his passion for carpentry, as well as gain a new interest from his mentor in restoring and renovating old homes. Thank you to Ms. Vivian Martain for helping to provide this learning opportunity for JaSean and connecting him with a mentor! We wish JaSean the best of luck this week as he goes through interviews to determine where he will begin his next chapter as an apprentice carpenter! Keep up the great work!

August 3rd, 2021|