RMMI Increases Education Efforts
The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute (RMMI) has increased its education efforts, joining the Adams County Education Consortium, an organization of employers who are seeking to fill their workforce needs by introducing apprenticeships, mentoring and college-track programs into the local high schools. The Education Consortium's mission is to combine the efforts of Adams County school districts, post-secondary education institutions, local governments, community-based organizations and the business community in developing a county-wide partnership that will enhance personalized academic skills development, profession exploration and relevant work-ready skills for all learner groups in Adams County.
In June, RMMI participated in the Education Consortium's "Workforce Connect," a week-long program that introduced educators to employers in their area. On June 22, Summit-Lakewood Brick, Eatherton Masonry, Gallegos Corp., and Colorado Scaffolding & Equipment met with the educators for two hours at the RMMI offices, where they worked with the teachers to familiarize them with the masonry industry, its workforce needs, apprentice opportunities and career opportunities, including management and small business ownership. The teachers who participated in the entire week-long program - visiting 11 industries and completing various assignments - were eligible to earn three hours of graduate credit through the University of Colorado at Denver.
Through the Education Consortium, high schools in two Adams County school districts are exploring possibilities for adding a masonry component to their building trades programs. In addition, RMMI is working with several Colorado community colleges to develop a college-level apprentice program that will lead to an associate's degree. Details are still in the works, but the program is anticipated to launch in August 2007.
In November, RMMI member companies will be participating in a job fair held by the Education Consortium. Job opportunities for youth apprentices and adult workers will be included at the event.
For more information on RMMI, please visit www.rmmi.org.
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Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute is a non-profit organization of more than 100 manufacturers, contractors, and suppliers throughout the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute strives to increase the understanding and use of masonry in homes, schools, and commercial building projects throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. For more information, please visit www.rmmi.org.