Contact: Stephanie Davis   
sdavis@abcgmc.org    
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2013 

Midland, Michigan, October 2013 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) along with Community Construct, The ROCK
Youth Center and area businesses brings back a second session of the highly successful JumpStart program launched in January 2013. The program is designed to introduce high school students to careers in construction. The program organized by GMCA will be running for 10 weeks, meeting weekly after school hours and at NO cost to students participating. Throughout the program students will visit various construction companies for tours and learn how their business runs and what the skilled trades mean for their employees. They will also receive communication and skill development training from the ROCK Youth Center as well as take part in hands-on projects at the GMCA facility under the guidance of Mr. Erik Forshee, President and Founder of Community Construct. Projects such as wheelchair ramps for Habitat for Humanity and the Disability Network will not only benefit the program participants but the community as well. The Fall program projects are still being finalized and will bring some wonderful hands-on experience to the students.

After the success of the January (Winter) kick-off program GMCA staff were extremely pleased when 5 of the 16 students were second-time participants. This speaks volumes as to the quality and amount of interest found in the information received. Following the first session another 4 students contacted organizers to join the group for a total of 20 registrants. Students involved are from JCC, Bullock Creek, Midland High, Dow High, Calvary Baptist as well as home school students seeking information on building trades career opportunities.

The goal of the program is to:

• Help young people become productive, successful citizens by learning about construction skilled trades from mentors

• Build quality lives for young people through community involvement

• Instill the fundamental values of respect, empowerment, dedication and responsibility

• Provide mentoring, job shadowing, apprenticeships, weekly learning sessions, community service projects and much more!


Five area businesses are also getting involved and opening up their doors to educate young people and impress on them the importance of a good education and what a career in the skilled trades can mean for them. These businesses will be ramping up their presentations in order to give the returning students a different experience than the first session sharing new information, in-depth facility tours and examples of trade work. The businesses participating are Great Lakes Safety Training, Three Rivers Corporation, J. E. Johnson, G E Insulation, and Valley Electrical Contractors. We thank them for their support!  

“Bringing the Trades to these student seeking success for their future is what the program is all about.”, said Stephanie Davis, GMCA Education Manager and JumpStart Program Coordinator. “I am looking forward to watching them grow over the next 10 weeks and show them that the opportunities are there if you are willing to work hard!” 

If you are interested in registering for this FREE, after-school program please contact Stephanie Davis at (989) 832-8879, sdavis@abcgmc.org