• Forum Hosts Labor Trafficking Seminar

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Is labor trafficking actually a thing in the St. Louis construction industry? It may well become one, as downward pressure on wages and a scarcity of skilled trades converge....

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  • BUD Program Graduates 10th Class

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The 10th cohort of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program graduated in a ceremony at the AGC Construction Training Center last Wednesday (August 16).  There were 10 graduates in...

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  • SLATE Leaders Say Jobs Cut Killings of Young Black Men

    From St. Louis Public Radio: There’s a grim trend tucked into St. Louis’ 2017 homicide statistics: More than half of the victims are black males under the age of 29 and close to half of those suspected of...

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  • STL Apprenticeship Programs Skeptical of Trump Plans

    From STLToday by Dave Nicklaus When the recession hit her massage therapy business, Trisa Newburn knew she needed a career change. A few years later, she’s pulling cables and installing light fixtures as an apprentice electrician. It’s...

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  • Seeing Hope for Flagging Economy, West VA Revamps Vocational Track

    From New York Times:  In a sleek laboratory at Marshall University last month, four high school teachers hunched over a miniature steam-electric boiler, a tabletop replica of the gigantic machinery found in power plants. They hooked the...

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  • Commentary: Educators, Employers Must Address Looming Workforce Shortage Crisis

    by Jeff Pittman, Chancellor, St. Louis Community College Recently my family and I visited northern Michigan to escape the high heat typical this time of year for those of us who live in St. Louis. At one...

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  • ANALYSIS: A Plus Week for Equity in Our Industry

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL This was a week that offered some insights, some drama, and possibly some long term hope in the efforts to create equity within our industry and our region. Wednesday...

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  • Holmes Out at SLATE: Krewson to Announce Replacement

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Michael Holmes, director of the St. Louis Agency of Training and Employment was removed from his position Tuesday by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. Holmes was informed of the...

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  • Connecting the Dots…

    AUGUST 08, 2017 by Tom Finan, Executive Director “This connects the dots.” I was speaking to Mike Sullivan, the COO and general counsel of Cortex Innovation District. We were guests at an executive breakfast at the new...

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  • VIDEO: Carpenters School Hosts Kingdom House Teens

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Leonard Harris, was passionately into his element Wednesday (July 25) as he spoke to a group of teens from Kingdom Academy, the after school/summer enrichment program at Kingdom House....

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