Contact: Stephanie Davis 
  December 9, 2103 

Midland, Michigan, December 2013 – Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) along with Community Construct, The ROCK Youth Center and area businesses is celebrating the completion of the second group of area high school students through their Jump Start program to introduce high school students to careers in construction. The program organized by GMCA ran for the last 10 weeks after school. Throughout this time students visited various construction companies for tours and learned how their businesses run and what a potential future in the skilled trades would mean for them. They also received communication and skill development training from the ROCK Youth Center as well as participated in a hands-on projects at the GMCA facility under the guidance of Erik Forshee,
president and founder of Community Construct. The class worked with Mr. Forshee to assist on a variety of hands on projects.

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 opened up their doors to educate these young people and impress on them the importance of a good education and what a career in the skilled trades can mean for them. Businesses that participated were Great Lakes Safety Training Center, Alloy Construction Services, J. E. Johnson, Fisher Contracting, and Valley Electrical Contractors. We thank them for their support! “We were so excited to see this program grow. We had students register who participated in our first session.  They are enjoying what they are learning and the experience they are gaining.” says Stephanie Davis, Education Manager, Greater Michigan Construction Academy.

GMCA is hosting a celebration event on Wednesday, December 11 from 3:30 – 5:00 at the Greater Michigan Construction Academy Midland Training Center (7730 W. Wackerly St., Midland). The students and their families, school representatives and host companies will be recognizing the participants. “We look forward to continuing this program and reaching more and more students. This program has the potential to be a staple in teaching the career paths and opportunities available to educate and retain the upcoming talent we have in this area.” Says Davis.

If you are interested in learning more about this FREE, after-school program please contact Stephanie Davis at  (989) 832-8879, or visit our web site at