The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned a report titled, “Addressing the Workforce Skills Gap in Construction and CRE-related Trades”. The report identifies some of the factors related to the workforce shortage in the construction industry and explores how the industry can improve worker recruitment, training, productivity and retention.
Cherie Clark was contacted by the author to learn about the Willamette Promise’s Educator Externship Program related to construction. This program was developed by Cherie Clark in partnership with the Associated General contractors and with the support of the entire Willamette Promise team. The report includes a case study on our externship program and its success which is generating interest from several other states. Cherie’s visionary leadership and her ability to form partnerships with local businesses is greatly appreciated and is having a positive impact in our region (and beyond).