Building trades program calls for skilled trades help

PHOENIX –TradeUp!, a Phoenix nonprofit dedicated to empowering children through hands-on learning in the construction trades, is looking for parents, educators and skilled trades professionals to volunteer at its educational workforce development program.

The free after-school program, now in its sixth session at Madison Park Middle School, introduces students to careers in the skilled trades through interactive training modules led by local construction industry experts.

To launch the Fall 2022 program, TradeUp! invites industry professionals to join them on Wednesday, August 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Helios Education Foundation located at 4747 N. 32n/a Street, Phoenix.

Registration is requested at Organizers will demonstrate how skilled trades professionals who volunteer for just one day can help break down misconceptions, teach life skills and share the joy of building our community.

“Arizona’s incredible growth and other factors have resulted in a shortage of skilled workers in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and other industries that many children are not exposed to in school,” he said. said Sasha Lewis, CEO of TradeUp! “Volunteering for a single day gives industry professionals the opportunity to share their stories and teach kids new skills that spark creativity and inspire them to explore new career options.”

With the rising cost of a college education on the minds of many parents, TradeUp! aims to inform students of the wide range of high-quality, high-paying career opportunities in the construction trades that often do not require a 4-year degree.

While the 21-week program is free for students, the nonprofit relies on support from business partners.

To offer a complete learning module, it needs volunteers from different specialties to facilitate dynamic and age-appropriate activities.

Each week focuses on a new skill that combines STEM subjects with practical instruction for basic skills such as carpentry, plumbing and electrical, as well as virtual reality and computer modelling.

“Rosendin supports TradeUp! because we want to educate students and their parents about the wide variety of careers in the electrical industry that offer opportunities for career growth, whether they plan to go to college or enter the workforce after graduation,” said Jake Kenney, TradeUp! President of Marketing and Business Development Coordinator for Rosendin, the nation’s largest employee-owned electrical contractor. “We encourage more construction companies to join the effort to educate the next generation who will take our industry to the next level.”

The TradeUp! The after-school club, formerly known as CACTUS (Careers in Architecture, Construction & Trades Uplifting Students), was formed in 2018 with the Madison Elementary School District. Previous learning modules include how bathroom plumbing works, drywall repair, painting, wiring solar panels, and building a doghouse. In addition, the students visited vocational schools and construction sites, and met high school students who attend a training school like West-MEC.

TradeUp! is possible thanks to the continued support of its business partners at Chasse Building Team and Gilbane, as well as support and donations from industry, including the Arizona Masonry Council, Cotton Architecture + Design, Power DEPCOMGlobal Roofing Group, Karber Corporation, Renco Roofing, Sun Valley Construction, Sargon Masonry, TDI Industries, and the Arizona Chapter of NECA, among others.

For more information contact Sasha Lewis at TradeUp! at 602-492-3540 or visit them at TradeUpClub on Facebook and at





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Ryan H. Bowman