PARIC Kicks Off with Construction Courses
PARIC Corporation visited South Tech this week to distribute safety equipment to all of our new construction students and share information about their partnership with our school. PARIC is supporting our programs for the second year, having worked with students throughout 2017 and 2018.
Jeffrey Eye, Manager of Learning and Development for PARIC, Bill Willman, Superintendent, and Bill Lowery, Project Director, met with students for an hour on and shared information about the company, current and recently completed projects, and employment information. “There is a lot of opportunity for you out there,” said Willman. Eye encouraged students to enjoy their construction exploration and learn what was the best fit for them, be it residential or commercial. “And if you choose commercial, we hope you will consider working for us,” he said. Graduate Kris Triggs, who won Tops at Tech for his program last year and participated in the PARIC mentorship program, followed his interests and began working for PARIC two days after his graduation ceremony. Current students will meet with Triggs later this year.
The PARIC team also emphasized their company’s dedication to safety, describing the “Family Board” they erect at every job site on which all workers are displayed. “When you are on a PARIC worksite, you are part of our family,” Eye said. In support of their safety commitment, the group distributed personal protective equipment to students including their safety vest, safety glasses, and hard hats. All items were donated by PARIC Corporation.
Students asked several questions about post-secondary training and education, wages, apprenticeship, and work hours and conditions. All were thoughtfully answered by the PARIC team and students left the session with a solid understanding of the opportunities available and their requirements. Most heavily emphasized were reliability and having a willingness to learn.
As a critical worker shortage in construction continues, construction companies like PARIC are partnering with schools like South Tech to support students through mentorship, donations, and field experiences. Partner support not only enhances student learning, it also contributes to the building of a pipeline of qualified and engaged employees for our region. You can learn more about all of our construction programs here: http://southtechnical.org/programs/.