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Builders Association of Greater Lafayette bringing new program to encourage careers in construction

The program is more than just hammer and nail type jobs. It aims to shed light on the many opportunities within the construction industry.

Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 6:23 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Members of the Builders Association of Great Lafayette, or BAGL, are bringing a new education program to Lafayette. The "Build Your Future" program is aimed at teaching students about construction careers.

It’s more than just hammer and nail type jobs. The program aims to shed light on the many opportunities within the construction industry.

"We want to make sure that we keep the momentum moving forward and not stop pace because we don't have the workforce to support it,” said BAGL's “Build Your Future” Committee Chair Wendy Starr as she explained the idea behind the program.

Members of BAGL, the Builders Association of Great Lafayette created the program. "A lot of times construction is overlooked as a career opportunity for a lot of kids. Our goal is to get it out there in the local high schools and junior highs,” said BAGL Board Member Jay Andrew.

The "Build Your Future" program offers three different in class learning options - "Plan It," "Build It," and "Finish It". These pathways will educate students while in school about various career paths available in the industry. Courses will allow students to receive hands-on skills training.

Jay Andrew said students who have taken similar hands-on courses excel in professional environments. "I think the best talent comes to us is by that hands on experience. Being able to get out in the field, in the office and in the design phase,” said Andrew.

Committee Chair Wendy Starr hopes the program will bring new much needed employees. "A number of industries near us and nearby cities can't necessarily complete their projects because they can't find the workforce to finish building a particular project or home,” said Starr.

With the new program, BAGL hopes to bring a new generation into construction. An informational meeting about the program will be held Monday at Henry Poor Lumber starting at 5:30.

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