A recent article in Crain’s asks the question- “If jobs stop bullets, why aren’t more companies stepping up?”

HBK has done that in a partnership with a program ComEd launched in 2013, Construct.

Excerpt from article:

“ComEd launched Construct in 2013, when it began work on its smart grid project. “We heard feedback that the people doing the work did not reflect the people in the community,” says Fidel Marquez Jr., chief governmental and community relations officer. To help fill the gap, ComEd developed an 11-week curriculum to train electricians and sought recruiting help from several area nonprofits. Each agency delivered 10 recruits, who had to be at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, pass a drug screen and background check, and have a valid driver’s license. All but one member of that first class completed the training and went on to union jobs.

As of 2016, 220 people had graduated from the Construct program. Of those, 80 percent have found full-time jobs, starting at about $18 an hour, in the construction industry, Marquez says.”

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