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Meta and DPR Construction launch helmet in hand at Mesa

Paid eight-week skilled trades program provides valuable in-class and on-site training for entry-level construction jobs

TABLE, Arizona., August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Meta and CMA Construction have teamed up to bring helmet in hand, Meta’s National Skilled Trades Training Program, at Meta’s Mesa Data Center. This eight-week paid program aims to recruit new people into the construction trades and provide participants with fundamental knowledge relevant to all construction and skilled trades occupations. Hardhat in Hand is run in partnership with the Maricopa County Community University district (MCCCD) and the Phoenixnon-profit Chicanos for the cause.

“The Hardhat in Hand program is a hands-on opportunity to help people in the community learn the skills they need for reliable, well-paying careers that help build the infrastructure of the future,” said david williams, Regional Community Development Manager at Meta. “We are grateful for the partnership with DPR Construction, MCCCD and Chicanos Por La Causa to deliver this unique training program and help participants launch a career in a high-demand field.”

Meta was part of the Arizona community since the inauguration of its Mesa data center in 2021. According to DPR Construction, there will be 2,000 construction workers on site per day during peak periods.

“Bringing the Hardhat in Hand program to Mesa expands skilled trades opportunities in our community. Participants develop the skills for a rewarding career and can earn full-time employment with years of opportunity in a great place to work,” said Joe Yeargan, project manager at DPR Construction. “We have optimized the project schedule at the Mesa Data Center to provide long-term skilled jobs so we can support our construction crews with consistent and predictable work.”

A recent report of the Associated Builders and Contractors estimates that the construction industry needs to hire nearly 650,000 more people than normal to meet labor demand. Paid programs like Meta’s Hardhat in Hand are helping to pave a way to help alleviate the labor shortage.

“We are grateful to Meta and DPR for their partnership with the Maricopa Community The College’s construction trades programs, located at MesaGateWay and South Mountain Community Colleges,” said MCCCD Acting Chancellor Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “At a time when upskilling and retraining have become so prevalent in higher education, this DEI-focused workforce education partnership will educate and train our students in an innovative ‘earn and learn’ model. , while creating pathways to enter the labor market directly.”

“Our region’s record growth has created demand for over 145,000 construction professionals in December 2024,” said Julie Stiac, MCCCD Workforce Education Director. “I look forward to the continued partnership with Meta and DPR as we work together to expand training to other colleges once the program is fully established.”

Applications for the inaugural cohort of Hardhat in Hand are now being accepted via August 24, 2022. The program begins September 12 and the application can be found on this link. To receive further information, those interested can send an e-mail [email protected]

About DPR Construction

CMA Construction is a forward-thinking, self-directed general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for advanced technology, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. DPR’s portfolio of work ranges from large-scale new construction to small tenant improvements and special projects. Founded in 1990, DPR is a great entrepreneurial success story as a private, employee-owned company that has grown into a multi-billion dollar organization with offices around the world.

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community University district includes ten individually accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Mount EstrellaBridge, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Salado River, Scottsdaleand South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate Collegeserving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.


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