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

Construction Academy: March 2019

CCDI took a field trip to tour Tarlton’s Northwest Healthcare Siteman Cancer Center project. The students began the day with presentations from BJC, Local 562, and from Tarlton’s Superintendent on the project, Mr. James Tillman.They then walked around the jobsite and learned about the most important part of the project, the radiation room. CCDI rounded out the day back in the educational trailer to learn CPR and play interactive construction simulation games. Thank you Tarlton for hosting a CCDI Saturday Academy!

March 25th, 2019|

Missouri Western Banquet

CCDI Mentor and Mentee Dan Lester and Steven Graves attended Missouri Western’s 2019 Awards Banquet honoring student excellence within their Engineering Technology Program.

March 25th, 2019|

Hiring Fair 2019

CCDI wants to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our hiring fair! We appreciate everyone for taking the time help our CCDI students prepare to take their next steps into the construction field. We have some really incredible candidates this year. A special thank you to Mr. Patrick Hanneken, Mr. Byron Lane, Mr. Casey Hayes of Jennings Senior High & all the Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers at North Technical High School for the dedication they have put into this group over the past two years. We’d also like to thank all the new contractors and subcontractors that joined us this year, especially Tarlton Corporation & Keeley Companies. It takes a village to make a difference!

March 8th, 2019|

Construction Academy: February 2019

CCDI students took to the road this past Saturday for a visit to L. Keeley Construction. The theme of the February Academy session was Adaptability. CCDI thanks Nathan Munie for presenting about pre-construction and to Derek Maschek for organizing the days events and giving us a tour of the company. CCDI is excited to partner with L. Keeley and ADB for future endeavors including our upcoming Career Fair on March 7th!

February 28th, 2019|

2019 Art & Science Day

Today was the Art and Science Day Career Fair. Hosted at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, students from from all over the Ferguson-Florissant School District were in attendance. After an introduction to CCDI, the students were divided into two groups, switching between the Career Fair in the gymnasium and a Guest Speaker Panel in the auditorium. The Art and Science Career Fair had over twenty local business, education and union representatives participating and building awareness of their trade and the career opportunities they have to offer. The Guest Speaker Panel was composed of four local minority business owners. Nicole Adewale, principal and founder of ABNA Engineering Inc., Michael Kennedy, CEO at KAI Design and Build Enterprises, Elmer Rhodes, President at Cross Rhodes Print and Technologies, and Tommy Davis II, president and founder of TD4 Electrical, LLC. Each panelist discussed what led them to the construction industry and what obstacles they faced as a minority business owner. Each stressed the importance of community and how the construction industry allowed them to build their own business and offer opportunities to others. The students were engaged and they all left with a lot of information about the trades.

CCDI would like to thank everyone who participated in the event!

Dr. Raghib Muhammad, CTE Coordinator for Ferguson-Florissant
James Knowles III, Mayor of Ferguson
Ms. Nicole Adewale: Principal & Founder ABNA Engineering, Inc.
Mr. Michael B. Kennedy: CEO at KAI Design & Build Enterprises
Mr. Elmer Rhodes: President at Cross Rhodes Print & Technologies
Mr. Tommy Davis II: President & Founder of TD4 Electrical, LLC

Trades Tables
Clayco: Carpentry/Laborers
Concrete Strategies: Concrete Work
Weaver Steel: Steel
TW Constructors: Carpentry/Laborers
Vision Electric & Systems: Electrical
ERB Equipment: Construction Equipment

Union Representation
Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP)
Laborers’ Union: Local 42
Exploring Program
Local 562: Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
Local 110: Liuna Laborers Union
Building Union Diversity (BUD)
St. Louis Building & Construction Trade Council

North Technical High School
St. Louis Community College
Ranken Technical College
Construction Forum
Explorer Program
Ferguson-Florissant PLTW

Professional Options
Clayco IT: Information Technology
Clayco Safety: Safety Engineer
Clayco PM: Project Management
VDC: Virtual Design Construction
Lamar Johnson Collaborative: Architectural
SCI Engineering: Environmental Engineering
Stock & Associates: Civil Engineering
G&W Engineering: MEP Engineering

February 21st, 2019|

Construction Academy: January

At the January CCDI Construction Academy class, students focused on the Clayco trait of “Stamina.” Students then got to practice their public speaking skills by sharing their elevator pitches in front of their peers. After presenting their elevator pitches to the Construction Academy, the students got to do practice interviews with CCDI Build Our Future Scholarship recipients, Kyah and Trenton.
January 26th, 2019|