Workforce Development Initiatives

Curtis Lumber Is Proud To Support Workforce Development

To raise awareness that the construction trades offer exciting and rewarding careers, Curtis Lumber partners with over 40 area professionals from a wide range of schools, businesses and organizations to engage local students. Here is a snapshot of some recent events.

Birdhouse Build (Ballston Spa & Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School Districts)

Curtis Lumber, Ballston Spa School District, Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District, and the local community come together to build birdhouses for spring 2023!

Witt Construction, Inc. – Student Tours

Curtis Lumber recently paired up with the team from Witt Construction, Inc. and hosted students from 5 area schools to tour one of the Witt home builds currently under construction. The tour also ended with a walk-through of one of Witt’s gorgeous, finished homes! Students from Mechanicville, Stillwater, Greenwich, Waterford, and Warrensburg learned about the process of home building from start to finish, different building materials, installation methods and so much more. Thank you, President, John Witt for leading the tour and inspiring the students to consider a career choice in the trades!

“Women in the Trades” Shed Build

The first-ever “Women in the Trades” shed build in conjunction with the Saratoga Showcase of Homes in Wilton took place October 8, 2022. Girls from local high schools, including Greenwich Junior Senior High School, Schuylerville High School, Stillwater High School, Corinth High School, and Northville High School, were paired up with women project managers from local builders to construct a shed. The girls all jumped in and did an outstanding job and what a great way to introduce girls to a terrific career!

The 4′ x 8′ lean-to-sheds are available to bid at via an online auction and all proceeds will be donated to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties, and the Workforce Development Coalition. Click here take a look at the bidding process.

Great work by our Curtis Lumber team, Teakwood Builders, Inc., LeChase, Whitbeck Construction, Hoosick Valley Contractors, Inc., Witt Construction, Inc., DA Collins, Local 231 Carpenters Union, and local CTE/BOCES instructors for working together to put on this event highlighting the importance of exploring all options that are out there for our local students!

BOCES Student Tool Bag Presentations

Curtis Lumber and several of our workforce development partners presented Carhartt tool bags full of goodies to 250 WSWHE BOCES & Questar III BOCES students graduating in the trades. This gave the students a great “jump start” to their careers and generated a lot of good press for the trades!

THANK YOU to the following companies for your commitment to this program:
Belmonte Builders
Bennett Contracting, Inc.
Callanan Industries, Inc.
DeGraff-Bloom Custom Builders
D.A. Collins Family of Companies
Hoosick Valley Contractors, Inc.
Homes by Malta Development
Munter Enterprises
North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
Otterbeck Builders Inc
Teakwood Builders, Inc.
Trojanski Builders
Turner Construction
Witt Construction, Inc.

We wish all the Questar III graduating students the BEST and MUCH success in their new fields!

Trades in the Schools

THANK YOU to Curtis Lumber employees, Tedi Adair and Taylor Thies and Scott Blair and Justin Konik! All of them were a HUGE hit leading 3rd & 4th grade students at Troy and Greenwich Schools through a class on assembling tool boxes. They work with the students on using a tape measure to apply their math skills, as well as how to use a hammer and screw driver in the assembly process. One teacher remarked, “it was the best thing the school has ever done for this grade level!”

THANK YOU also to Alex Angerami, Anthony Guidarelli, Curtis Lumber Business Development Manager, and Dave DePaulo, owner of Bella Home Builders for presenting to middle & high school students in several schools about careers in the trades. They outline the process of building a home and the many trades involved, the abundance of opportunities, salary potential, benefits, etc. to give them a good overview of what life in the trades has to offer.

Career Jam at Siena College

Curtis Lumber participated in Career Jam at Siena College; an event that provides hands-on experience and awareness about the trades to over 2,000 8th & 9th grade students. We brought our VR headset which provides an overview of Curtis career opportunities. Check out this link to view the video and see what they saw! We also brought PPE to show our safety culture, and they had fun trying on gloves and moving different pieces of lumber around.

Legislative Breakfast

As the labor shortage continues to be a major challenge in construction nationwide, our Workforce Development Coalition hosted a Legislative Breakfast on June 28th. The event was well attended with over 130 trades and business leaders coming together with seven local legislators. The legislators participated in a panel discussion focused on how to promote the construction trades. The event highlighted the need of working together to address this important industry issue and resulted in several next steps.

Howard Goff Middle School Curtis Lumber Career Day

In early April, the Ballston Spa Curtis Lumber hosted ten 8th grade students from Howard Goff Middle School for a Curtis Lumber Career Day. The students spent time in several departments depending on their career interests. If they we’re interested in Sales, they visit Estimating, Project Center and Kitchen & Bath Design. Those looking for OPS, visit the yard, dispatch/logistics and the door shop. The students were provided a valuable and interesting, hands-on experience and a glimpse into real life careers. This initiative has become one of our most popular offerings to the schools for career awareness.