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ComEd finds virtual solution to help 79 students train and find jobs

November 19, 2020

As part of its commitment to expand and diversify the local workforce, ComEd found a virtual solution for its CONSTRUCT program to help 79 students complete training and find jobs as plumbers, laborers and technicians in the construction and utility industry.

Since 2013, ComEd’s CONSTRUCT program has offered candidates a nine-week skills development curriculum to better prepares them to pursue, obtain and retain entry-level positions in construction and related fields.

When the pandemic started, no one knew how long or short it would last. It was my responsibility to the students to transition the program into a virtual one. Since the inception of the program in 2013, I have witnessed life-changing experiences for these students and their families – I don’t want to ever give that up.

 – Laticia Holbert, ComEd Workforce Development Manager 

ComEd works directly with nine training affiliates and more than 40 partnering agencies to recruit and matriculate candidates through the CONSTRUCT program. The curriculum covers life-skills training, basic construction industry education and career guidance for after students complete the program.

Since graduating from the program in early summer, students have secured employment at construction and utility companies such as INTREN, HBK Engineering and Electric Conduit.

2020 CONSTRUCT graduate

“I am very proud of the students and workforce agencies who helped make this class a success,” Holbert said. “The students persevered and did not give up, even during these challenging times.”

The CONSTRUCT program plans to return in 2021 with approximately 100 new candidates who will participate in virtual learning. Applications for admission will be available in February 2021 at ComEd.com/CareerTraining.

For more information or questions about the CONSTRUCT program, email WorkforceDevelopment@ComEd.com