• PERSPECTIVE: Terry Nelson Was the Face of Leadership

    PERSPECTIVE by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Terry Nelson knew what leadership — a quality that is in short supply in our region today — looked like. Frankly, it looked a lot like him. When Terry died...

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  • Women at Work: Booming Construction Market Means More Opportunities in the Trades

    From The CAP Times:  Sandy Thistle never considered becoming a carpenter before two of her friends started pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “Lots of people, not just women, still don’t know of this as a serious...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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  • 35 Girls to Nail Down Look at Construction Trades

    Thirty-five girls will have the opportunity on April 21 to saw, hammer, pound nails and eat pizza with construction trades women. The event, will be held at the Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center at 8300 Valcour Ave. in Affton...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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  • STL Carpenters Aid Ozark Construction Industry Training

    From the Salem News: Salem High School will soon be home to a new program that has the potential to advance its students, as well as the community around it. In mid-November, an idea was pitched for a...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Video: STL/KC Carpenters Probation and Parole to Work Program

    Ex-offenders face unique challenges.  The stigma of having been convicted and incarcerated shuts the door to many employment opportunities.  Without the ability to find meaningful employment after prison, many ex-offenders see returning to crime as their only...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Construction Forum STL Announces Third Annual “Building Tomorrow Awards” Recipients

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL A visionary developer, a regional connector, a program that teaches kids design and craftsmanship in the Old North Neighborhood, and a groundbreaking program to put ex-offenders to work in...

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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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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....

    • Posted 2 years ago
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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • In a Tough Week for Immigrants, Laborers Spearhead Outreach

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The luncheon Thursday (Feb. 2) was planned awhile back. But the timing of a community outreach for immigrants at Laborers Local 110 event center on South Lindbergh in Sunset...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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