• Video: Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe Says ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion’

    In an online “commencement speech” for “Prager University” ( a conservative, non-profit digital media outlet) Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” told all recent grads: “Don’t follow your passion.” Rowe revealed what he called the “dirty...

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  • We Lose a Cabinet Maker Who Crafted Futures

    David W. Goetz: 1958-2017 by Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development, STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council What does a teacher do when a student steals his sandwich and won’t ‘fess up? Two of Dave Goetz’s...

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  • Meeting Tomorrow’s Workforce Where They Live

    As we wring our hands over the difficulty of attracting young people into construction we need to ask ourselves:  If we had grown up in their world would WE want to work in this industry? The same...

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  • VIDEO: STL Tradeswoman Connects With Counterparts in India

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL In India, construction tradeswomen comprise about three percent of the total population — a number similar in proportion to the women in nursing in the United States. They also...

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  • Slide Show: Forum Young Leaders Connect With Kingdom House Teens

    On Feb. 9, the Young Leaders Group (YLG) of Construction Forum STL shared their time and knowledge with a group of teens in the Kingdom Academy program at Kingdom House. This is the first visit in what...

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  • In Missouri, a Showdown Over Creating an Opioid Database

    Missouri is only U.S. state to lack a database to monitor prescription drugs From the Wall Street Journal: Advocates for tighter control of opioid painkillers are turning up the pressure on state lawmakers to establish a database to...

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  • Hidden Figures: Women in Engineering and Construction

    Ok I admit, I only saw three of 2017’s Oscar-nominated films for Best Picture.  However, if you have a daughter or granddaughter that needs a little inspiration for a career in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math), the movie Hidden...

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  • NAWIC St. Louis 2017 Scholarship Applications Available

    The St. Louis Missouri Chapter 38 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has invested in the workforce of the construction industry over the past forty-four years by awarding over $500,000 in Scholarships and Grants. ...

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  • Video: Mike Oster – Alleviating Workforce Shortage Through Technology

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL  On Jan. 31, Procore, a San Francisco-based integrator of construction management information software, hosted a webinar titled, “How Technology is Fighting the Construction Labor Shortage.” The program moderator was...

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  • 73% of Construction Firms Plan to Expand Headcount in 2017

    From AGC:  Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released today by the Associated...

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