NWC News Desk

Contractors help shape Construction Trades curriculum

Posted August 15, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - Big Horn Basin building contractors are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting from 6-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, to help shape the curriculum for a new construction trades class to be offered this winter through the Center for Training and Development(CTD) at Northwest College. The breakfast discussion will be held at the CTD, located on the college's West Campus.

The expertise of contractors who work with concrete, plumbing, electricity, building, framing and all scopes of building construction is needed. Their input will help determine the basic skills new workers should have to be immediately productive on the job site once they're hired.

"The benefits of this initial meeting to area contractors are twofold," George Miller, the NWC Center for Training and Development director, said. "By participating in the discussion, they'll have direct input in determining the walk-on skills of workers available in the local hiring pool, plus if they decide later to teach a construction trades class or a particular component of a class, they'll have first contact with students they might want to tap as employees."

Miller said the input from the meeting will be used to design a six-week Construction Trades class offered during the coming winter as a noncredit course.

"Here's a great opportunity for area contractors to specifically impact an area that is universally regarded as the greatest challenge to small businesses - employee training and productivity," Miller said.

He also promises participants a hearty breakfast plate and plenty of coffee.

For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact Stacy Gilman or call (307) 754-6062, or Kim Capron at (307) 754-3494.