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

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!

Speakers
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

Education
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|

Car Ownership

Recently, CCDI Scholars Kyah and Trenton both purchased their first car with the help of CCDI. We are proud to support our Build Our Future scholarship recipients as they continue to work on their college degrees. Way to go Kyah and Trenton!
January 17th, 2019|

Guest Speakers Visit Local School

At this month’s CCDI visit to North Tech, guest speakers spoke to the Construction Innovation senior class in preparation for the upcoming job fair on March 7th. A huge thank you to Mike Shepard and Reggie Willis from Collins & Hermann, Tommy Davis II from TD4 Electrical, and Luke Siebert from Heitkamp Masonry for taking the time to talk with the students and help prepare for the job fair interviews!
January 11th, 2019|

Eagle Scout Project

CCDI student Brandon completed his Eagle Scout project for Buder Elementary School just in time for the holidays. He built a convertible bench that transforms into a picnic table for the children to have a place to sit and relax. Thank you to Paynecrest Electric for giving Brandon access to the workshop!
December 17th, 2018|