GRCC, Construction Workforce Development Alliance team up to fill demand for construction jobs



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


May 6, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and the Construction Workforce Development Alliance are teaming up to offer 15 high school graduates full-tuition scholarships to a summer program that will give them the skills to fill high-demand construction jobs.

The alliance — a collaboration of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, the American Subcontractor Association of Michigan and the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan — is offering 15 full-tuition scholarships to GRCC’s Construction Core Jump Start program this summer. The intensive three-week program is open to all graduating high school seniors. It’s based on the Construction Core Certification, a 96-hour program offered through GRCC workforce training with 11 learning modules covering aspects of basic construction skills.

“Workforce Training at GRCC is excited to be a partner in this initiative to meet the needs of the local construction sector," said Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training and Tassell M-TEC at GRCC. “The scholarship shows the talent need and construction employers’ willingness to step up to meet that need. This is a great example of how we collaborate with local employer partners to ensure our region continues to supply the best-trained talent in the world.”

CWDA developed the scholarship with assistance from MiWorks! of Kent and Allegan counties to target young adults who might not be interested in a traditional degree program and who want to begin their career quickly. The scholarship will be awarded this spring, and, in addition to providing students free tuition for the three-week program, they also will get a minimum of two job interviews following completion of the course — and job skills that can be applied immediately in a high-demand industry.

For more information about the program, or to apply for the scholarship, click here .

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.