Over the past year, several partners including the BIA, Midlands Technical College, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, Richland One School District, Richland Two School District, Lexington Richland School District Five and Midlands Education and Business Alliance have worked diligently to create a training and career pathway for non-diploma high school students to enter the construction workforce, formerly known as Building Occupational Opportunities in the Midlands (BOOM). The first cohort of students participating in BOOM started this past January at Midlands Technical College and will complete their formal training on May 18, 2018.
Since January, participating students have been working diligently in the classroom and construction lab to master specific skills to be employable and prepared for entry level positions in the construction industry. Students are currently working on one of three teams, with each team building a small house/shed to include a door frame and window installation. This activity is providing students with real world experience and allowing them to practice important hard and soft skills required by employers. All students are age 18 or older, and have been selected by transition specialists and special education coordinators in their school district for this program. Upon program completion in May, students will be prepared for entry level positions to include jobsite helper, general laborer, carpenter helper, etc.
On behalf of BOOM, we would like to invite all BIA Members and trade partners to learn more about BOOM, meet with participating students and view their work on Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will meet at Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170. The purpose of this meeting is to match employers with entry level hiring needs and BOOM students ready to enter the workforce. This meeting will also serve as the BIACSC Education and Workforce Task Force meeting for the second quarter.
Published: April 12, 2018