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ComEd’s “Construct” Graduation Highlights Diverse Candidates for Local Construction Work Jobs

On Friday, ComEd hosted a graduation ceremony for the largest graduating class of CONSTRUCT, a nine-week job training program aimed at getting more diverse candidates into local construction and energy jobs. 

 

CONSTRUCT, organized by ComEd in conjunction with 38 construction industry companies, two local utilities, and eight social service agencies, offers participants the information and guidance needed to compete for entry-level construction and project management jobs in construction and energy-related fields

 

“Jobs are the lifeblood of our communities, providing them with economic strength and vitality. We understand the importance of being a local employer and we are proud to offer a pathway to our industry for people of our communities,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd.  “We applaud the 2018 graduates and look forward to their participation in the construction workforce of the future.”

 

The 2018 CONSTRUCT class is the sixth group to go through the program since its inception in 2013. Career guidance, life skills training, and practical education about the construction industry are part of the program, as well as increased knowledge of requirements for entering construction-related fields successfully. The 2018 curriculum was updated with courses focused on the growing need for project management skills in the Construction industry, along with additional courses in high-rise construction.  Additional coursework related to renewable energy, including solar, was added in 2017.

 

CONSTRUCT offers instruction and access to special sessions where students can hear from and meet company representatives. There is the opportunity to job shadow, and to attend a career fair to learn about a range of potential job opportunities in the industry. To date, more than 400 students have participated in the program, including the 109 new participants this year. The success and continued growth of this program is due in great measure to the construction industry companies that are looking to hire local, diverse candidates to join their workforce.

 

Participating companies include: Intren, Labor organizations - IBEW Locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and Chicago Area Laborers, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, ABB, Inc., Aldridge, Ardmore Roderick, Builders Association, Burling Builders, “D” Construction, Inc., David Mason + Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., Electric Conduit Construction, Environmental Design, Inc., F.H Paschen, Groundhog Utility Construction, HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, John Burns Construction Co., KDM Engineering, Lindblad Construction, LiveWire, Magellan Development Group, James McHugh Construction, Meade, Midwest Access Solutions, MJ Electric, MZI Group, Inc., Nash Brothers Construction Company, Inc., NPL Construction, Olenick & Associates, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., PMI Energy Solutions, Primera Engineers, Rabine Group, The BarTech Group, Trice Construction Company, United Scrap Metal, V3 Companies and Trinidad Construction. ??

 

“All the contractors, the companies involved, you just don’t meet these people every day; it’s priceless,” said Dexter Allison, a 2014 graduate of the program, whose sons Damier and Dexter, Jr., are part of the 2018 program. “For our family, it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.” 

 

“I learned a lot throughout the program, but I gained the most confidence from my job shadowing experience,” said Gregory Rounds.  “I’m really excited to go out there and find a job that I really love, that I can make a career out of.”

 

Understanding the need to help knock down barriers to entry for construction-related fields, CONSTRUCT launched in May 2013 out of a partnership between ComEd, Intren and the labor unions. What began with ComEd, 10 companies and three social service agencies has grown to include Illinois’ other major utilities - Nicor Gas, Peoples’ Gas, 38 companies and eight social service agencies.

 

To complete the program, participants must attend at least 95 percent of the full-day classes and take the select, required tests. Upon completion of the program, participants can choose any number of career paths, from applying to work with the participating companies and satisfying any applicable union requirements, to applying to work with ComEd or employers in other sectors.

 

While completion of the program does not guarantee a job, individuals who complete the program successfully are trained to be qualified, knowledgeable, and ready to compete for construction jobs in Illinois.

 

Anyone interested in applying should contact the agencies directly. The agency contact numbers are:

 

ASPIRA of Illinois

773-252-0970

 

Austin Peoples Action Center

773-378-8760

 

Chicago Urban League

773-285-5800

 

National Latino Education Institute

773-247-0707, ext. 223

 

Quad County Urban League

630-851-2203, ext. 222

 

St. Sabina’s Employment Resource Center

773-783-3760

 

SER Jobs for Progress

773-542-9030

 

YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

773-955-3100

 

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

ComEd's Construct Program Creates Greater Opportunities through New Project Management Track

ComEd's Construct Program Creates Greater Opportunities through New Project Management Track.

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Construct Lights Way to Solar Careers

Watch this informative ComEd video about Construct’s new solar curriculum. As a part of ComEd’s commitment to creating a cleaner energy future, this year’s Construct participants studied new curriculum and received hands-on training specific to the expanding field of solar.

More solar jobs require more solar training, and the law provides for new job training by many community organizations in the months ahead. This year’s Construct participants got a head start.

“Once the [solar] market explodes, we will have to be ready to go,” says Chris Williams, an instructor in the Construct program and owner of Millennium Solar Electric, which is based in Park Forest, Ill. “This is where the market is actually going, so it’s important for them to understand and be a part of it.”

https://poweringlives.comed.com/construct-lights-way-to-solar-careers/

New Energy Efficiency Benefits Coming to Illinois Consumers

ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program has excelled to new heights. To date, ComEd customers have saved a record-breaking $2.5 billion through energy efficiency programs and will save even more with a new plan to be filed under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) that will nearly double savings for customers and reduce electricity use in Illinois by 21 percent by 2030.

Orland Square Mall Receives $167,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive from ComEd for Upgrades

Orland Square Mall energy efficient upgrades results in 1,114,033 kWh savings, enough to power 121 homes with electricity for a year.

ComEd Presents Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency Check

ComEd presented its largest-ever energy efficiency check to Mariano’s. The supermarket was honored with an incentive check totaling $1,214,114.62 for its commitment to savings through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.

ComEd Partners with Chicago Public High Schools to Launch Career Tour for Students

ComEd is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to launch a tour to present internship and career opportunities to high school seniors.

Post Press Release: Chicago Advocates Call for the Passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill

Speakers gathered this morning at UIC’s Illinois Medical District to share their passion on preserving benefits for low-income customers and energy efficiency programs available to all customers.

ComEd Spotlights Solar Energy in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

ComEd is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by offering Latino high school students the opportunity to learn more about solar energy and career opportunities in the STEM fields through its Solar Spotlight Program. Saturday, September 24, ComEd Chicago Training Center, 3536 Iron St, 8:30 am to 1 pm. Continue reading for details on Sunday sessions!

STEM Competition Aims to Inspire Teen Girls

Team Flaming Zing celebrates its victory at ComEd’s 2015 Icebox Derby Race Day in Chicago. The four-week education program encourages young women to pursue careers in STEM. (Courtesy of ComEd)

South Side Teens Participate in ComEd's 2016 STEM IceBox Derby, For Young Women Only!

ComEd is holding its annual Icebox Derby. It’s a competition where young women ages 13-18 get a chance to build a race car out of an old refrigerator.

COMEd's CONSTRUCT Inaugural 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Today, ComEd celebrates another first, at their new training center, making yet another SMART Chicago move! Chicago young adults graduate the CONSTRUCT, a program designed to increase the pool of qualified, minority candidates for construction jobs in Illinois.

ComEd Shares the Light by Supporting Community Holiday Lighting Events

The holidays are here and ComEd wants to help families and friends share the light. This year is offerning Buy One, Get One Free Vouchers to LED-Lit Lighting Celebrations this Holiday Season. 

ComEd Reopens Financial Assistance Satellite Sites to Continue Administering its CARE Funds to Eligible Customers

Today ComEd is reopening satellite sites in local communities to continue administering available financial assistance funds through its CARE programs. With the reopening of CEDA and LIHEAP agencies, which also administer ComEd’s CARE programs, the temporary satellite sites provide additional access in low-income communities where customers can apply for help paying their electric bills. Nearly $1 million remain available for distribution in 2015.

 

ComEd Opens Satellite Sites to Help Continue Administering Financial Assistance Amid Social Services Shut Down

ComEd today announced it has activated its plan to help continue administering its CARE programs, which provides customers in need with financial assistance to pay their electric bills. As a result of state budget issues some social services agencies like CEDA, which administered ComEd’s CARE program, have been shut down. 

ComEd Launches Summer Internship Program Providing Job Training to More than 250 Students

This summer, ComEd is hiring more than 250 students through its annual summer internship program.

Icebox Derby Challenges Teen Girls to Build Racecars from Recycled Refrigerators

ComEd kicks off competition that inspires young students to explore opportunities in STEM

ComEd Launches Power Line Safety Awareness Campaign

June is National Safety Month and is the official start of summer home improvement season

Electric Supply Costs for ComEd Customers Set to Decrease on June 1

Company launches informative video explaining electricity rates

ComEd, Chicago Park District & City’s Favorite Cultural Organizations “Switch on Summer” at Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain turned on to mark official start of summer

Illinois Utilities Join Forces to Make Customers Aware of Scam Artists Posing as Utility Workers

Warmer temperatures lead to increased scam activity

ComEd Wins Award for its Supplier Diversity Program

Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council names ComEd “Corporation of the Year”

ComEd Provides $10 Million in Financial Assistance to Customers in Need

2015 assistance funds to help customers facing financial hardship avoid service disconnection

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