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Workforce Wednesday: Shammar Martin learning all aspects of construction industry

April 21, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. Each Wednesday we’ll meet students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

Just after graduating from Wellspring Prep in 2018, Shammar Martin enrolled in the Introduction to GRCC’s Construction Job Training program.

“My dad has a business doing small construction jobs like decks and stuff. I thought this would be a good way for me to learn about all the aspects of the construction industry. It was so great! The instructor, John Doane, was really connected to us students. The help with the math skills alone was worth taking this program!”

After completion, Martin took a break from school but soon realize he wanted to learn more. He enrolled in the Residential Construction Job Training program in August 2020.

“This class really digs into all the different skills and tasks needed in building a home. I learned so much and had a close connection with Kyle Lackscheide, the instructor. He suggested I apply to Rockford Construction so I did. I started working for Rockford on March 1.”

Martin is only 20 years old and earning good pay. 

“I have been working on a few different job sites in downtown Grand Rapids. Everyone I work with is super nice. They make me comfortable enough that if I have questions, I am not afraid to ask – everyone is super helpful. One day, I hope to own my own small construction company but until then, I love going to work every day!”

GRCC offers several Job Training programs in the construction trades. The Intro to Construction program focuses on the fundamental skills needed for an entry job in the construction industry.

The Residential Construction Job Training program takes place on a construction site, where students build a new home. Students experience hands-on learning and application around the entire process of residential building including blue print reading, site layout, concrete, carpentry, door/window installation, roofing, siding, and interior finishing.

Graduates are qualified for employment in the residential construction industry and beyond. The program focuses on constructing homes that achieve a 5-Star Energy rating, are Michigan Green Built, and LEED Certified.

Anyone interested in gaining career skills through GRCC Workforce Training can connect via email at workforcetraining@grcc.edu, and by phone at (616) 234-3800. Additional information is at grcc.edu/programs/job-workforce-training.

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