AGC Awarded $5K OPUS Foundation Grant Second Year in a Row
DENVER, CO — The Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), was recently awarded $5,000 in grant money from the OPUS Foundation to support workforce development in Colorado. This is the second year in a row that AGC has received this grant that is used to increase awareness among junior and senior high school students about opportunities for careers in construction.
According to the Economic Impacts of the Construction Industry on the State of Colorado report of 2015, 30,000 employees are needed in the construction industry over the next seven years. In order to meet this high demand for labor and provide career opportunities, AGC will use the OPUS Foundation grant money to help fund a social media engagement tool that will be launched September 21, 2016 at Colorado Construction Career Days. This industry sponsored event connects the so-called Generation Z with construction related employers to explore the variety of careers available within construction.
The communications tool will be used to share information on construction related news from job fairs to job placement, construction-related events and the various learning programs available for construction careers. “With the widespread dependence on mobile technology, the best way to connect with the younger generation is through their phones. Our goal is to place construction career opportunities at their fingertips,” comments Lisa Seaman, Workforce Development Coordinator at AGC.
The OPUS Foundation recently awarded $94,200 in Opportunity Fund grants to 22 organizations during the second half of 2016. These grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, are designed to provide a more immediate response to the needs in Opus communities, including youth and workforce development.
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