Thirty two students take part in half-day, hands-on workshop to learn more about career paths in construction.
Pleasanton, Calif. — June 6, 2022 — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, held its second annual Trades Support program with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. The goal of the program is to promote interest in the trades as a viable and rewarding career path for youth and for individuals who have recently been out of the workforce.
On May 16, a total of 32 students from Making Waves Academy, a charter school in Richmond, California, attended a half-day workshop to learn more about what a typical workday in various trades careers might look like, as well as how different roles within the building industry interact with each other. The students participated in a panel discussion with an architect, a general contractor and a director of operations from the homebuilder Lennar. They also took part in hands-on activities, including installing joist hangers and driving screws using the Quik Drive® cordless subfloor system.
“We’re so grateful for the longstanding and wide-ranging partnership we have with Simpson Strong-Tie,” said Janice Jensen, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. “Through the Trades Support program, Habitat is able to offer real-world classrooms, while Simpson Strong-Tie brings the expertise and industry leadership to nurture the next generation of skilled tradespeople. It’s a fantastic way to address the present labor shortage, promote viable career opportunities and, ultimately, contribute to building a world where everyone has access to decent housing.”
“We look forward to expanding and deepening this program for those students who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in the trades to put them on a path for success,” said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. “It’s vital that we develop programs and opportunities to support our industry partners and invest in growing the labor pool of talented tradespeople.”
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Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural solutions — products and technology that help people design and build safer, stronger homes, buildings, and communities. As a pioneer in the building industry, we have an unmatched passion for problem solving through skillful engineering and thoughtful innovation. Our structural systems research and rigorous testing enable us to design code-listed, value-engineered solutions for a multitude of applications in wood, steel, and concrete structures. Our dedication to pursuing ever-better construction products and technology and to surrounding our customers with exceptional service and support has been core to our mission since 1956. For more information, visit strongtie.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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