October is Careers in Construction Month!

Industry analysts are projecting that more than 360,000 craft construction professionals will be needed in California by October 2019? That’s an astounding number of skilled trade jobs that need to be filled!

The National Center for Construction Education and Research and the State of California have identified October as Careers in Construction Month in order to build awareness around the variety of high wage, high demand craft careers available in construction.  In addition, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board has identified Construction/Green Services as one of five key

industry clusters that are important to local economic development over the next 10 years. In response to the opportunities presented by the industry and its benefits for our local communities, CTE Foundation is actively promoting Construction Technology programs in Sonoma County High Schools through its competitive grant program.In partnership with North Coast Builders Exchange and the Sonoma County Office of Education, CTE Foundation has launched a “Construction Corps” program this fall to recruit and train High School students interested in construction careers. Construction Corps offers a variety of activities, including workshops, job shadowing, on the job training, and summer Boot Camp, to facilitate career exploration and to develop a work-ready labor force for the industry. Students will be able to apply for the competitive program beginning October 13th and program work will begin in January.

To make this program a success, we need local industry partners to host job shadows for interested students. Each job shadow experience includes three or more hours spent with 2-3 student candidates who have indicated interest in applying for the Construction Corps program. Job shadows will take place in the month of October.

If you are interested in participating as a job shadow host for this inspirational program, please contact Patricia Biagi at pbiagi@ctesonomacounty.org or (707)708-7080.