ECC, LCPtracker, Partner on Skills Build Us! –
The Nation’s Construction Apprentice Assistance Program
ECC and LCPtracker, Inc. – a company that provides construction site compliance software – have joined forces to raise money for disadvantaged workers, women and veterans facing financial barriers to apprenticeship training such as the cost of initiation fees, tools or boots.
The effort, Skills Build Us!
– The Nation’s Construction Apprentice Assistance Program, will also help address the nation’s growing shortage of skilled construction workers, which is expected to approach 2 million by 2018 and is aggravated by the 17 percent of skilled workers who will retire in coming years. The national fundraising campaign was launched at LCPtracker’s recent 6th
Annual User Conference, which drew hundreds of construction company representatives. EC Los Angeles Program Director Veronica Soto joined LCPtracker President and CEO Mark Douglas in asking attendees to make tax-deductible contributions to Skills Build Us!
The conference featured a community service event during which students enrolled in the Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students (ACES) Pathway Program
at Los Angeles County’s STEAM Legacy High School demonstrated their woodworking skills. Conference attendees pitched in to help them construct about a half dozen wooden benches, to be donated to senior citizens in the community for use in their homes. ECC donated the materials used to construct the benches.
Building Community Health & Wealth with Community Anchors
ECC’s Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC) initiative is poised to move from Phase I – research and learning – to Phase II – development leading to implementation in underserved neighborhoods in Oakland and Richmond in California’s East Bay. ARC’s mission is to leverage the assets and capacities of community anchors – large place-based institutions such as hospitals, universities and local governments) – to improve the health, local economies and climate resilience of low-income communities of color.
ARC’s mission is to leverage the assets and capacities of community anchors – large place-based institutions such as hospitals, universities and local governments) – to improve the health, local economies and climate resilience of low-income communities of color. ARC is a natural outgrowth of ECC’s efforts to green the MUSH (municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals) Sector to produce high-road principles and outcomes. ARC expands the roles of these institutions beyond providing alternative energy solutions and jobs into a broader approach to wealth building and climate resilience.