BUD Program Gains Momentum With 12th Cohort

By on April 10, 2018

The Building Union Diversity (BUD) program was hitting on all cylinders when it graduated its 12th cohort last Wednesday (April 4) to a full house of program officials, graduates’ families and potential employers.

The program took place at the AGC Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Drive. Following the graduation ceremony an informal lunch and “speed dating” session where grads met potential employers were held.

There were 12 people in this class. During their five-week training, they were visited the Operating Engineers, IBEW Electricians, Carpenters, Sheet Metal Workers, Bricklayers, and the Cement Masons.

The program represented the successful implementation of two efforts aimed at adding momentum to the BUD effort. The first was a agency referral program. In the past most BUD participants have come through SLATE. The referral program pays referring agencies $1,000 for each graduate who completes the program. Referring agencies for this class in addition to SLATE included Connections to Success, Epworth, Fathers’ Support Center, and St. Louis Community College Adult Education and Literacy.

“It’s an expansion of what we have been doing for awhile,”Russ Signorino, BUD program director said. “The agencies that have been on board have been discussions on what’s the best way to use (the $1,000 fee),” Signorino said. He said those discussions have included seeding efforts to find future BUD participants and transportation funds to help graduates get to newly-landed positions.

Previous outreach efforts at finding mentors for BUD graduates also came to fruition with this class, as the Missouri Women In Trades (MOWIT) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) both stepped up with offers to provide mentors. Signorino said that 11 of the 12 graduates indicated that they wanted to work with a mentor.

Click here to download a list of the 12th BUD cohort grads and their trade preferences. For further information on BUD, contact Please Russ Signorino, russ_signorino@yahoo.com, 314.303.6082

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