High school kids today face more and more pressure to find a career or pick a major without really knowing all the opportunities that exist. The MCL Construction team is trying to reach as many kids as possible by participating in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Careerockit program. It's the largest program of its kind in the country and is designed to create career interest, grow the area's talent pipeline, and connect us with future employees.
"I consider an event like today's to be a ‘seed planting activity.’ The stories, information, and words of wisdom you shared are seeds planted in the minds of our students. Those seeds will hopefully one day be watered, tended, and then bloom into what will become part of a beautiful career bouquet," said John Stanton, grade 10-12 counselor at Platteview High School.
The MCL Construction team participated in two Careerockit sessions, Platteview High School and Westside High School.
"Your presentation was informative and so relevant to the conversations we are having with students and we are so appreciative of your time," added Kathy McGauvran, Business Partner and Talent Development Specialist at Westside.
The MCL Construction team presented to students the various careers that one can pursue, like project management, estimating, carpentry, and the latest technology like augmented reality, virtual reality, and laser scanning.
"The young adults that visited our presentation asked great questions, they were engaged in our story and process, and excited about the opportunities construction has to offer as a career," said Mark Berner, Director of Human Resources at MCL Construction.
Careerockit is a weeklong learning initiative that served 22,000 Nebraska and Iowa students a year ago. This year almost 200 businesses participated in the program visiting almost 100 schools in a six-county area.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. Founded in 1987, it builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative, smarter building experience.
Five employees at MCL Construction recently graduated from its carpenter training program. The curriculum is designed to give students comprehensive carpenter skills from blueprint reading and basic framing to casework, door and hardware installation.
"We expanded the training to 13 weeks to give us an extra session to focus on safety. Additionally, we modified the course to emphasize commercial carpentry skills specific to the work that MCL typically does," said MCL Construction labor coordinator Scot Stangl.
The training program combines on-the-job experience and classroom work thanks in part to a partnership with Metropolitan Community College where the students met every Monday for four hours.
"We think it's important to promote from within and give all our employees the education and experience they need to develop their skills and further their careers," said Jason Jansen, Director of Field Operations for MCL Construction.
The competition for skilled employees is at an all-time high. After two complete classes, MCL Construction is already seeing the benefits as production has increased because of the versatility of skills learned in a controlled environment.
Recent graduates include:
MCL Construction is committed to hiring high performers who are eager to learn and who are passionate, dedicated, and thorough in the work and service they provide to clients.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. It builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative building experience