Kaiser Permanente recently published an article about their partnership with McCarthy Construction and Compton YouthBuild. You can read the entire piece here, and we have excerpted parts of it below.
Investing in the career success of students, particularly those from diverse and low-income backgrounds, is an investment in the future health of communities. Kaiser Permanente and McCarthy Construction recently partnered with the Compton YouthBuild construction program to provide students with educational workshops, woodworking experience, and the tour of an active jobsite.
Workshops were led by Ursula Duhe, senior project manager at Kaiser Permanente’s National Facilities Services, and Drew Boyd, senior project engineer at McCarthy Construction, who shared their career paths with students. Workshop topics included accountability, responsibility, relationship-building, and management.
“The most valuable part that I’ve learned is that there’s so much that goes into the industry,” shared participant Evelyn Rivera. “There’s so many options you can pick whether it’s being a foreman, a journeyman, or moving your way up. It’s very inclusive and it’s good for everyone to know it’s such a big industry and they offer you so much training and you can get involved in various ways.”
McCarthy Construction donated materials and supplies for students to build container gardens that they could take home. The activity reinforced lessons about woodworking, power tools, and safety. Finally, students were invited to tour an active construction site – the expansion of Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center’s emergency department. The project highlights the critical importance of construction careers to health care infrastructure.
You can check out some photos of the woodworking projects below: