Marano Fellows Class of 2011

Name: John S. Gaal

Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinit

Location: St. Louis, MO
Primary Industry Sector: Construction (Training & Workforce Development)
Type of Organization: Labor Union (Training programs are Labor-Management partnerships)

“Although my work Is rooted in WFD theory, I am most interested in applying what I have learned for the benefit of others. Access is key…Creating and/or smoothing these pathways (i.e., industry entry, higher education, etc.) has proven to benefit all stakeholders!”

Organizational Mission: The mission of the CDC’s training and workforce development arm is to provide state-of-the-art training and educational opportunities for pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey-worker carpenters. The CDC has been in existence since the 1880s.

Interest in Sector Work: The CDC understands the importance of being part of the community in which it serves. To this end, the CDC was instrumental in designing, developing, and implementing an outcomes-based pre-apprenticeship training model now being showcased across the USA by the US-DOT. Not only did this model recruit minorities, women, and the economically disadvantaged (non-traditional groups) into the construction industry for training purposes more importantly it mandated provisions for job placement and retention!

My hopes are to identify opportunities, similar to the one cited above, and scale-up the good work the CDC has already done in order to meet the predicted needs of the construction industry while improving the lives of people within the community interested in hard, but rewarding, work!