2013 Construction Science Expo

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2013 Construction Science Expo

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BLACK CAUCUS LIFE SKILLS STUDENTS GAIN ACCESS TO CONSTRUCTION TRADE CAREERS


DETROIT – Today, the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan in partnership with MDOT and the Michigan Design & Construction Coalition will introduce students to careers in construction and engineering at the 3rd Annual Construction Science Expo at the Michigan Science Center. Attending students have participated in the Black Caucus school-based Navigation to Success Program, which instructs them in life skills and the importance of living a drug free and violence free life style. Many of the students have lead Drug & Violence Free Pledge Drives and helped organize assemblies at their schools in Detroit. Eligible program participants will also receive summer jobs with MDOT and sponsoring construction contractors.


"Leaders of the industry realize Detroit youth have such a limited exposure to the infrastructure construction trades that it ultimately hurts the workforce and Michigan’s economy. If we are going to turn Michigan’s economy around, we have to start encouraging our kids to prepare for where the jobs are. Whether it is M-39, the U.S. Canadian Bridge Crossing, or high speed rail; the President is banking on infrastructure investments being part of the economic solution, and we are very fortunate that the industry wants to reward the Drug Free Youth program participants with an opportunity to participate in these high wage jobs.” said Dr. Alma G. Stallworth, Founder of the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan.


The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan was founded in 1985 by the Honorable Dr. Alma G. Stallworth during her service in the Michigan Legislature. The foundation engages the community in public policy issues and implements programs that address community problems. It’s Navigation to Success program teaches students the power and consequences of choice and equips them with competitive job readiness skills. All students invited to attend the Construction Science Expo must pledge to live free of violence, alcohol, tobacco and other harmful drugs.

 

 

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