The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation was created to promote the construction industry within the Baltimore community. In recent years, more than a half-million dollars has been awarded to individuals and organizations to support workforce scholarship programs, construction management programs, and construction training programs.
The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation’s mission is to train the future construction industry workforce by promoting and supporting education and building programs that are beneficial to the recognition, future development and growth of the Greater Baltimore construction industry.
The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation is incredibly proud of the work it’s accomplished in just over a decade. Here are just a few of our highlights:
- Each year, The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation recognizes the accomplishments of high school students in pursuit of design and construction careers. The Foundation selects local students to receive “Future Craftsman Awards” who are recognized at the Building Congress & Exchange’s Annual Craftsmanship Awards Presentation.
- We have distributed grants and supplied tools to various schools and institutions that specialize in quality construction and design programs
- The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation has awarded scholarships to promising students so they can pursue training and degrees in our fields.
- The Foundation supported the building of a Habitat for Humanity House by Harford Tech High School students interested in a construction/design career. Students from grades nine to 12 assembled the house from scratch over the course of 18 months. The finished touches such as drywall, painting and cabinetry were added when the house was shipped to its final site. The work these students performed was phenomenal!
- The Foundation also supports Jobs Opportunity Task Force’s JumpStart, a 14-week pre-apprenticeship program in Baltimore City that provides the job readiness and skills training needed to enable city residents to take entry-level jobs in electrical, plumbing and carpentry. It’s an extremely rigorous course, but has been very effective. Several BC&E members have hired graduates right from local city neighborhoods where we work.
- Our Builders-In-Training Workshop is a half-day interactive session for 10th and 11th grade students to learn about various elements of the construction industry and hear from industry professionals about how to build satisfying careers in the industry.
This is just a sampling of the Foundation’s efforts to help build and train a strong and talented workforce for our industry. The need is growing and we are responding.