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ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples’ Gas, Construction Industry Companies, and Not-for-Profit Agencies Celebrate Students’ Successful Completion of CONSTRUCT

CHICAGO, May 13, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ComEd, Nicor Gas, 25 construction industry companies, and 6 social service agencies held a special ceremony for 71 participants who have successfully completed CONSTRUCT, an 11-week job training program that offers participants the information and guidance needed to compete for entry-level jobs in construction-related fields.

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The 71 most recent participants were part of the third group of participants to go through CONSTRUCT thus far. The program is designed to address the construction industry’s overall need to increase the pool of qualified minority candidates for construction jobs in Illinois. 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.

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 awareness fair to learn about a range of potential job opportunities in the industry.

80 percent of previous participants have been offered employment. The success of this program is due in great measure to the construction industry companies that want to help, and are looking for good people to join an industry that is growing.

ComEd, Nicor Gas, Aldridge, Asplundh, BarTech, Burling Builders, David Mason & Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen, Groundhog Utility Construction Inc., HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, Intren, Lindblad Construction Company of Joliet, LiveWire, Meade, Millhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc., MJ Electric, MZI Group, Nash Brothers Construction Company, Osmose Utilities Services, Peoples’ Gas, PMI Energy Solutions, LLC, Trice Construction Company, The Roderick Group, USIC, V3 Companies and The Will Group are supporting this program.

Having electric utility ComEd, which serves nearly four million customers across northern Illinois, join forces with Nicor Gas...