Our photo from October 11, 2019, shows the second meet and greet with four new members of the pre-apprentice program (sitting in front row), that Walsh started as part of the Harrison Square Project -  the first program was quite successful! The participants in this program come from the surrounding community and get to learn, first hand valuable skills used by the trades such as carpentry, painting and tile setting.  We, in turn, get to know them and hear their stories. Joining them in the photo are: President Preckwinkle. Commissioner Deer, Alderman Burnett, mentors and officials from Walsh, Jessica Caffrey, Director, Real Estate Management and others who are part of the project team. 

This year's four pre-apprenticeship program members are (in alphabetical order):

  • LaQuinta Bland
  • Gregory Gay
  • Vincent Hill
  • Charles Moore

Other things learned in this program include:

  • Exposure to the field of construction and mentoring
  • Building communication and work-readiness skills
  • Exposure to some of the largest subcontractors in our area and the United States
  • Entry level construction training classes for certifications

Successful completion of this program qualifies them to be sponsored into an apprentice program, leading to good paying careers. An opportunity like this program can also be life changing for the participants.

Alderman Burnett shares some thoughts on the importance of this project and the pre-apprentice program to Cook County and the surrounding community.