The Latest on Local Workforce Development Initiatives
Todd Wold, Manager of College and Careers: Career Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) attended the July 1 CATT Board of Directors meeting to give us an update on a growing investment in CTE within the TTUSD through facilities, curriculum pathways, work-based learning, and community partnerships. Locally, a lagging interest from high schoolers wanting to go into a career in the trades is the result of schools emphasizing 4-year college acceptance as part of their benchmark for success, parents in the trades not encouraging the next generation to follow, and a shift in overall career interests. Even though construction is one of the leading industries in our region, Todd explained that a construction pathway was not requested when establishing the TTUSD CTE pathways. Fortunately, engineering & design was included. According to Josh Denton, co-founder, Ground Up Construct, there is currently a 1.4M work deficit in the construction industry and a war for talent. The narrative needs to change along with a major cultural shift to attract, train and retain. Ground Up Construct is focusing on inspiring a new skilled trades workforce and raise awareness to the careers that exist in this amazing trade.
This will continue to be a priority initiative on my desk as I work with TTUSD, Sierra College, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Truckee looking for ways that CATT can play a leadership role in promoting opportunities and benefits associated with entering into a career in the trades. For more information about Ground Up Construct, visit www.groundupconstruct.com.
Here is what CATT CP has been up to this summer
On Saturday, July 20th I was happy to be a part of a ribbon cutting and dedication event for the Truckee Regional Park Kids Railroad Platform. CATT Community Project (CATT CP) has been involved with this project since 2016 when Toni Standteiner of Mountain Forge, Inc. was awarded 8 tons of steel from the original East Span of the SF Bay Bridge through The Bay Bridge Steel Program. Of the 50 artist applicants, Toni was one of 15 artists selected and top 3 to finish an installation. CATT CP assisted by being the nonprofit partner and a conduit for funds, materials, and volunteerism leveraging assistance from 7 members who donated over $50,000 in labor and materials towards the completion of this project. In addition, grants and sponsorships were awarded from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD) and Truckee Optimist Club. This marks the 25th project in 20 years that CATT CP has been involved with working with local nonprofits, companies, and agencies towards the restoration or construction of selected structures that are deemed beneficial to the community. Read more about the project: https://www.ca-tt.com/projects#Platform
Truckee Downtown Park Update
As CATT CP completes our involvement with one project, we look forward to breaking ground on another. The permit for the new Truckee Downtown Park became effective July 23rd and we are anticipating groundbreaking by late fall. This project is part of the exterior revitalization of the Community Art Center (CAC) building on Church Street owned by the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. An interactive sensory garden will replace the existing bleak ¼ acre space on the west side of the historic (CAC) building. A major fundraising effort is underway with naming opportunities. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting downtown revitalization project, please visit www.downtowntruckeepark.com or contact me personally at 530.550.9999 or email@example.com to discuss ways you can be involved.