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St. Louis

Our Story

CCDI was founded by Clayco in 2015 in response to the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri to provide a program for selected young adults in North County to help them overcome barriers to success, pair them in long-term one-on-one mentorship, offer financial support, and create opportunities for job placement. Clayco’s vision and ultimate goal with CCDI was to support workforce diversity and bridge the gap in workforce development. Clayco realized this task could not be completed alone and over the past 5 years CCDI has grown beyond the walls of Clayco to include many partnerships in the St. Louis community with school districts, local leaders and general contractors and subcontractors.

Our Goal

CCDI’s mission is to bring diversity to the Design and Construction industry by mentoring and exposing minority, underrepresented and underserved students to career development in construction. Our guiding principles include: One-on-one mentorship, raising awareness for construction opportunities, spread knowledge about the industry and provide life skills training needed to succeed, assist with job placement, and encourage young adults to be lifelong learners.


Nationwide the construction industry is thriving, but as baby boomers continue to retire, the gap in finding qualified workers to hire continues to increase. Over the past few decades, our society has moved away from the idea of going into a skilled trade as a successful career path as the rise in higher education has become a more popular choice. One of our many goals within CCDI is to help change the stigma of skilled trade careers by cultivating renewed interest in apprenticeship programs and vocational schools with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.

Our Impact

CCDI works closely with high schools in underserved communities in the St. Louis area. Our vision is that through these educational relationships, CCDI students will learn about design and construction, receive exposure to job opportunities in the industry, create career paths for themselves and opportunities for college scholarships and promising futures. CCDI currently has 70 active students who attend monthly events and 40 students who participate in our one-to-one mentorship program. We also closely work with North Technical High School’s Construction program. Each year we host a spring hiring event to help connect these graduating seniors to full-time careers in the industry, as well as place junior students in summer internships. CCDI has helped place over 75 students into full-time positions in the construction industry since 2015.

CCDI’s annual Build Our Future Scholarship is awarded to top-qualifying high school seniors who exhibit a desire to pursue employment in the construction industry through the fields of engineering, architecture or construction/project management. CCDI has awarded this scholarship since our infancy in 2015. We have assisted over 25 students with scholarships to pursue higher education. Our program has partnerships with UMSL Wash U Joint Engineering Program, Missouri Science and Technology, Missouri Western and Ranken, to name a few. In addition to financial assistance, CCDI offers guidance, tutoring and mentorship throughout our students’ collegiate journey from job shadowing to internships to career placement. The Build Our Future Scholarship is not just for 4-year bound college students. We have several apprentice scholars who work full-time in the field and attend college classes in the evenings. These students aspire to work their way up the industry pipeline while obtaining valuable on the job training.

St. Louis Events

Materials Donation

Shout out to Flooring Systems Inc. for their generous donation of materials to the Construction Trades program at North Technical High School. Mr. Patrick Hanneken's students are currently learning how to cut and lay different types of flooring. Thank you, Flooring Systems, for being a strong supporter of the CCDI program and employing several of our past graduates in the floor layers industry. We greatly appreciate everything you do!

February 18th, 2022|

First Saturday Academy of 2022

We had a great turnout at our first Saturday Academy of 2022! This session was hosted by Clayco where the students had the opportunity to learn about the company, meet the leadership team and tour the building. The students wrapped up the day with a lesson and activity about creating your brand and other soft-skill and professionalism topics. We are excited to have students in our program from 17 different high schools and St. Louis Job Corps! Big shout out to our partner schools and instructors for helping to promote attending our monthly academies. We are looking forward to our

January 24th, 2022|

CCDI Enters Winter Break

What an awesome way to kick off Winter Break! On behalf of all the instructors and superstar students we have this year in the program, a huge thank you goes out to Mr. Jeff Budrovich and Budrovich Companies for donating 30 pairs of brand new work boots to our construction students at North Technical High School! Thank you for believing and investing in our next generation of trades men and women and helping to Build The Foundation For Change in St. Louis. We appreciate YOU!

December 19th, 2021|

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

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:

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|