BUD program graduates ninth class, helping participants find a career

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The St. Louis Building and Construction Trade’s BUD (Building Union Diversity) program graduated its ninth class recently with a ceremony at Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) headquarters in St. Louis.  The BUD program was launched in 2014 to bring more minority and female workers into the union trades in a unique partnership of the Building & Construction Trades Council, the Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council and St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Carpenters Council, with funding help from the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development. Six people participated in the most recent class, visiting the training programs of participating unions to get a feel for the trades and what career path they would like to choose. Celebrating the completion of the program are (from left): graduates Quindarryl Adams and Cornelius Tucker, St. Louis Community College Manager of College Workforce Solutions Jim Duane, graduates Bryan Ellitt and Cam Cockrell, and Missouri AFL-CIO Apprenticeship Coordinator and President of Sprinkler Fitters Local 268 Pat Dolan. Unable to attend the ceremony because they had already landed jobs were Shaun Jones and Martez Joseph. Individuals interested in signing up for future BUD classes may contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) at (314) 657-3545. – Labor Tribune photo

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