PARIC Corporation is developing a pipeline to grow a more diverse workforce and to give the next generation of workers a jumpstart on transitioning from the classroom to the workplace.
The St. Louis-based general contractor and design/builder is partnering with craft unions, career/technical high schools and city and state job training programs including the Building Union Diversity (BUD) pre-apprenticeship program, St. Louis Office of Training and Employment (SLATE), Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) and the MOKAN construction training program to help experienced and inexperienced minorities, women, and St. Louis area residents gain the education they need to become full-time tradespersons.
PARIC recently hosted a Signing Day, where the company invited local graduates from a variety of schools and apprenticeship programs to the corporate office to meet the executive team and be officially welcomed to the company as a union tradesperson.
JUNIOR INTERNSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Signing for employment in the junior internship program for high school seniors were:
- Kyle Fisher, of Ballwin, who will begin his senior year at South County Tech this fall
- Jared Hake, of Ellisville, who will begin his senior year at South County Tech this fall
Signing for employment as apprentices were:
- Cole Leah, of St. Peters, a graduate of St. Charles Lewis and Clark Career Center, who entered Carpenters’ apprenticeship
- Lionell Davis, of St. Louis City, an apprentice with the SLATE construction training program
- Kathleen English, of St. Louis, who completed the BUD pre-apprenticeship training program while working full-time in retail, has a bachelor’s degree and entered the Laborers’ apprenticeship
- Brandon Evans, of St. Louis, a graduate of the MOKAN construction training program, who entered the Carpenters’ apprenticeship
- Javion Steward, of St. Louis, a graduate of the BUD program, who entered Carpenters’ apprenticeship
- JC Sykes, of St. Louis, who trained and worked full-time as a nurse and creative writer, holds a bachelor’s degree, participated in the MOWIT construction training program and entered the Carpenters’ apprenticeship