Winter Jump Start Program kicks off third session!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
Winter Jump Start
Program kicks off third session!
Michigan, January 2014 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA)
along with Community Construct, The ROCK Youth Center and area businesses continues to
grow with the next session of the highly successful JumpStart program launched
in January 2013. The program is designed to introduce high school students to
careers in construction. The program organized by GMCA will be running for 11
weeks, meeting weekly after school hours and at NO cost to students
participating. Throughout the program students will visit various construction
companies for tours and learn how their business runs and what the skilled
trades mean for their employees. They will also receive communication and skill
development training from the ROCK Youth Center as well as take part in
hands-on projects at the GMCA facility under the guidance of Mr. Erik Forshee,
President and Founder of Community Construct. The students will continue a
hands-on project that was started during the last session building benches for
Larking Township Park in Midland. This project will not only benefit the
students participating but the community as well.
staff are extremely pleased with the success of the program and are excited to
see the number of students who continue to participate in multiple sessions.
This speaks volumes as to the quality and amount of interest found in the
information received. Students involved are from JCC, Bullock Creek, Midland
High, Dow High, Calvary Baptist as well as home school students seeking
information on building trades career opportunities.
goal of the program is to:
• Help young people become
productive, successful citizens by learning about construction skilled trades
• Build quality lives for young
people through community involvement
• Instill the fundamental values of
respect, empowerment, dedication and responsibility
• Provide mentoring, job shadowing,
apprenticeships, weekly learning sessions,
community service projects and much more!
businesses are also getting involved and opening up their doors to educate
young people and impress on them the importance of a good education and what a
career in the skilled trades can mean for them. These businesses will be
ramping up their presentations in order to give the returning students a
different experience than the first session sharing new information, in-depth
facility tours and examples of trade work. The businesses participating are Great
Lakes Safety Training Center, G E Insulation, Alloy Construction Services,
Bierlein Environmental Services, and Valley Electrical Contractors. We
thank them for their support!
"Bringing the Trades to these
student seeking success for their future is what the program is all about.”,
said Stephanie Davis, GMCA Education Manager and JumpStart Program Coordinator.
"I am looking forward to watching them grow over the next 11 weeks and show
them that the opportunities are there if you are willing to work hard!”
you are interested in registering for this FREE, after-school program please
contact Stephanie Davis at (989) 832-8879, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our web site at www.gmcacademy.org