Thirty-Seven Students Graduated from the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington
BELLEVUE, WA Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) held its 2016 graduation ceremony on June 24, 2016 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. There were 82 graduating students representing nine of CITC's state-approved trades: Carpentry, Electrical 01 (commercial), Electrical 02 (residential), Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Painting, Sheet Metal and Plumbing.
"CITC has more than doubled its number of students in the last two years," said Halene Sigmund, President and CEO. "Demand for training throughout Washington prompted CITC to open a new facility in Spokane, Washington, in the fall of 2015. Twenty percent of this year's graduates are from Eastern Washington."
CITC statewide student body has grown from 335 in the fall of 2014 to more than 635 in the fall of 2015. Demand for construction workers is high and increasing as approximately 17 percent of the current construction workforce will retire over the next five years. Young people are also finding that construction industry offers better paying jobs than many available with a college degree. The average age of CITC students is 29 years old. For information call 1-877-707-2482 or visit the CITC website.
The graduation ceremony included a video, "Bridging the Skills Gap", that features an introduction by Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" and a keynote address by David Cunningham, M.ED., who has 27 years of higher education experience. Cunningham also spoke of the skills gaps and gaps in the availability of skilled labor as well as the need for continued learning and skill development as a hedge against the cyclical nature of the construction industry.