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Enzweiler Building Institute grants from RC Durr, PCW, used for high school intro to skilled trades

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The Enzweiler Building Institute, operated for 50 years by the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky (BIA), has been awarded a $12,700 grant from the RC Durr Foundation in addition to $10,000 from the Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW) initiative.

These grants are focused on a daytime high school introduction to skilled trades training program.

The partnership, which currently allows students from Boone County, Kenton County and Ludlow Independent Schools to learn valuable hands-on skills is a concerted effort to introduce students to the career options in the skilled trades and to fill a severe shortage in construction workforce development.  Funds will be used to purchase, equipment and supplies to enhance the hands-on learning experience of the students.

“We are facing the largest workforce shortage in the skilled trades since WWII,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of BIA.  “Just in the seven trades we offer the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified the need for over 46,500 new skilled construction trade professionals in the coming decade.  We are grateful for Partners for a Competitive Workforce for sharing in our vision to address this critical need and to for the RC Durr Foundation’s assistance in helping us in this critical endeavor.”

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Janice Urbanik, Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a strategic initiative of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, said “PCW has been working with the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky for a number of years supporting their outstanding apprenticeship program.  Work based learning experiences for high school youth is critical to getting them on a great career path for their future.”

United Way believes in creating a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

United Way annually improves the lives of more than 365,000 people across ten counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Through strategic partnerships with more than 140 local agencies and community organizations, and the generous support of donors and volunteers, United Way invests over $50 million dollars and more than 80,000 volunteer hours into the Greater Cincinnati community annually. For more information, click here.

The mission of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky is to promote and enhance the integrity and visibility of the construction industry and the members of the organization through advocacy, communication, education and political action. For more information, click here.

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