Welcome to the Construction Sector Newsletter
1). Career Awareness: Targeting K-12 Students, School Boards and Parents2). Education and Training: Defining Foundational Skills needed and Job-Readiness Criteria3). Business-to-Business Connections: Best Practice sharing among businesses in the region4). Affordable Workforce Housing: Adding weight and voice to affordable housing conversations
Makerspace Challenges Students with Process-Based Learning
The maker space is a constructionalist learning space in which students work through various engineering design challenges using a variety of cross-curricular materials. Read more on the Construction Sectors involvement here.
In March, Kelly Fox Owner of Lumber Traders Inc. and member of the Construction Sector Partnership, traveled to Washington DC to add weight and voice to affordable housing conversations. He met with Denny Heck from the 10th District and Derek Kilmer from the 6th District to discuss supporting workforce development for the construction trades. They further addressed opportunity zones and their impact on affordable housing for the current and future workforce.
Kelly Fox, Owner of Lumber Traders Inc. and member of the Construction Sector Partnership, is dedicating one day a week coaching 5th grade students in math clubs, where he teaches practical applications of numbers and working through fractions as it relates to tape measures. He recently introduced and discussed concepts of handling money and how averages are used in retail stores. As he states; "This piece may seem small, but I find it to be as important as my trip to Washington DC". Kelly's work is a direct practice of defining foundational skills that will be needed for job readiness, a mission of the Construction Sector Partnership. This type of outreach is making a difference. Students that were struggling with math concepts are now competing in the Math Olympiad held the last weekend in April. Students are expressing how seeing these concepts on a tape measure are simplifying the concepts for them.
The Olympic Region Construction Partnership's mission is to jointly create an agenda that supports the vitality of the region's construction and building industry; to commit to coordinated action on shared high priority areas; and to be a forum for high quality business-to-business networking. 2017 ACTION PLAN
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__________________________Support for this Partnership
Has been spearheaded by the Olympic Workforce Development Council, Kitsap Builders Association, Jefferson County Home Builders Association, North Peninsula Home Builders Association, and the EDC's of Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson County, and supported by Olympic College, Penninsula College, K-12 schools, organized labor, Employment Security Department, county commissioners and others.
If you are interested in joining the efforts of this Partnership please contact;
Elizabeth Court, DirectorOlympic Workforce Development360firstname.lastname@example.org
OWDC Attended Spring Home Shows
Olympic Workforce Development was represented at the areas Home Builders Association Spring Home Shows. Representative Mike Robinson, provided interactive experiences for the show's attendees.