The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Pathways Program is Building the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

March 11th, 2022 by Editor

Carlos Moreno of BCB Homes provides guidance to Liliana T., an Engineering & Construction Management Pathway student at The Immokalee Foundation.

The Immokalee Foundation’s Engineering & Construction Management Pathway, an offshoot of the Foundation’s innovative Career Pathways Program, is helping solve the growing need for skilled construction professionals while empowering the children of Immokalee, Fla.

Now in its 31st year, The Immokalee Foundation is focused on education and professional development for a group of students from kindergarten through postsecondary education.

The Foundation’s Careers Pathways Program—which helps students beginning in middle school explore professional career pathways—provides opportunities and training for high-demand professional careers throughout Southwest Florida. The four pathways include Engineering & Construction Management, Healthcare, Education & Human Services, and Business Management & Entrepreneurship.

The Immokalee Foundation’s students gain hands-on experience in construction at the Career Pathways Learning Lab. The construction industry is facing a nationwide shortage of nearly 2 million workers.

“The current, and future, demand for construction services in Southwest Florida surpasses the regional resources available,” said Greg Brisson, president of BCB Homes. “Future leaders in the Southwest Florida construction industry are in our communities. It is our mission along with The Immokalee Foundation and many of our trusted trade partners to educate and guide young, enthusiastic men and women into lucrative and stable careers in construction in Southwest Florida. This program will enhance our industry and strengthen our community. We are proud to be a partner in this incredible program.”

The Career Pathways Learning Lab project is a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity that enables students to work and train alongside industry professionals to learn about land development, home construction, marketing and sales. With a goal of training our nation’s future construction industry leaders, The Learning Lab not only helps address the short-term need for qualified construction personnel but also is helping change the landscape of Immokalee.

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