The NUCA Workforce Committee, under the direction of chairman Mark Scoccolo, co-owner of SCI Infrastructure LLC (SeaTac, Washington), have been meeting regularly in 2019 to achieve the goals of the NUCA five-year strategic plan on Workforce Development.
NUCA and the committee have aligned itself with the Nutter Foundation of Washington State and its signature event “Dozer Days.” Thanks to the success of the events in the State of Washington, the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho and the Kansas City chapters have committed to holding “Dozer Days” events.
The Dozer Day event seeks to educate children of all ages about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety. By giving the kids a realistic and ultimate construction experience, Dozer Days put the kids in the “driver’s seat” to allow them to interact with real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, ambulances and police cars. Children also have the opportunity to meet and interact with real professionals in these industries.
The NUCA Workforce Development Committee continues to work with the Center for America, a national non-profit association that promotes the hiring of transitioning military veterans who are seeking a new civilian career. The Center for America is developing a series of guidelines for individual states to work with the military agencies that are responsible for helping transitioning personnel who are moving back into the private sector.
The strategic plan calls for the creation of new videos. The committee is currently in the process of developing a video that highlights young people who have successfully joined NUCA firms as equipment operators, pipelayers, truck drivers and other occupations.
Another initiative is to develop take-away materials and displays that are portable, attractive and easy to set up. The committee is charged with establishing a protocol whereby any NUCA Chapter that participates in a career fair, student industry orientation or “college night” can schedule to reserve these materials for their use.
The NUCA Workforce Development Committee meets via conference call on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Any NUCA member who is interested in becoming a part of this vital industry committee is directed to email Jim Stepahin, Director of Education and Training and staff liaison of the Workforce Development Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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