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!
A big congratulations to 2021 CCDI graduate, Dominick Gatlin, on the purchase of his first vehicle! Dominick is one of our recent construction trades pathway hires at Wies Drywall and Construction Corp. where he has begun his apprenticeship as a carpenter with St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council!
As an active student in our program, Dominick was awarded a vehicle assistance scholarship to go towards a down payment. In partnership with St. Louis Community Credit Union and the “Sure Rides” program, CCDI helped Dominick in navigating the financials in establishing credit and going through the first time loan process. CCDI would like to thank Dominick’s mentor, Scott Rahn, for helping him select the right vehicle at Pundmann Ford! Thank you to everyone who helped connect the dots to get Dominick his first set of wheels!
Discover You is a paid career exploration camp for 9th and 10th graders designed to help narrow down students interests to better match them with job opportunities in coming summers! STL Youth Jobs reached out to the CCDI team to partner and help coordinate a field trip to explore all the career pathways in construction!
Students began the day at Clayco where they learned about the leading technology, architecture and engineering involved in construction, as well as a presentation from The Sandra Marks herself, about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry. We then took a field trip over to the Delmar Divine project site where the students got to take a tour of Phase 1 of the project. They had the opportunity to talk with the Project Managers and Superintendent on site who discussed the different pathways on the trades and field side of construction!
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this special experience possible for the students! We are excited to be back in action and engaging with students in person! CCDI is proud to support and partner with Hillary Frey and the STL Youth Jobs team to be a resource and connection for students interested in construction.
What an awesome way to end the week with Christmas in July for CCDI! Several months ago we were contacted by North St. Louis County native, Nicole L. who is a Regional Manger at Hilti, about how she could get involved with CCDI and she certainly went above and beyond the call! Today, Nicole and fellow Hilti Regional Manager, Morgan Young, stopped by North Technical High School with a truck load of tools for our CCDI students!
Thank you SO much to Hilti Group for this extremely generous donation! Our students will get a lot of hands on experience in the classroom to even better prepare them for their future careers in the construction industry! It is because of partnerships like this that CCDI can make such an impact with the young people we serve. We are so grateful to have the Hilti team’s support and involvement and looking forward to teaming up to continue to make a difference in St. Louis. Thank you Nicole, Morgan and Hilti for helping to build the foundation for change.
Congratulations goes out to Brandin Rayford, 2021 CCDI graduate, who recently began his career at Kuesel Excavating Co Inc. CCDI awarded Brandin a tool scholarship last week to help him stock up on work clothes and other items to get started. Brandin has been active in our program since his sophomore year. He was selected as a junior intern at Villa Lighting Supply, Inc. last summer and has been one of North Tech’s standout graduates. Brandin is a true testament to what the CCDI program is all about and of course that would not be possible without the help of Mr. Michael Steiniger and the Kuesel team! Thank you for bringing Brandin on board. We are also happy to report that Brandin recently purchased his first vehicle and is looking forward to starting his apprenticeship!
Graduates of the CCDI program teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from Concrete Strategies, Clayco, PayneCrest Electric, Geotechnology and St. Louis Job Corps to lay two foundations on Habitat homes in the Gate District.
We were joined by CCDI grads Chris Conners (2016) and Keishawn Outlaw (2018) who are both carpenters with CSI and Rashad Johnson (2020) is a project manager intern with Clayco.
We also would like to give a shout out to the four St. Louis Job Corps construction program instructors that came out to volunteer! CCDI is proud to help sponsor and promote the great work that is happening on the St. Louis Job Corps campus!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us! We would like to give a special shout out and send a huge thank you to Kienstra Co. for donating over $10,000 of materials that were used in building the foundations on these two homes!! Thank you also goes out to Garry Bals, Director of Operations at Concrete Strategies for leading this volunteer effort!