HBA Receives Land Donation to Support Workforce Development Programs
Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC), received a generous land donation from the Case family valued at $2.8 million this month. CICC is a 501c3 non-profit in Colorado Springs, Colo., started by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA).
“It is very important to continue to mentor and educate people about the industry and to help enhance the opportunity for housing both here and around the world,” said Randy Case II about the Case family’s donation.
Since the late 1930s, the Case family has been involved in the real estate business in metro Colorado Springs and other locations across the United States. Randy Case, a former Colorado HBA President and NAHB Senior Life Director, remains active at all levels of the Federation. “I have been blessed to serve on the CSHBA’s Board of Directors for several years,” says Case.
Case says he hopes the donation will help CICC achieve its goal of expanding to 65 schools statewide, bringing true construction-based vocational education to students in Colorado and helping them find gainful employment in the construction industry.
Students enrolled in CICC receive instruction on construction trades like carpentry, plumbing, and electrical with the Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) program. With the PACT curricula, students can earn U.S. Department of Labor and Colorado Department of Labor recognized certificates in each trade. Students also learn interview skills and resume building, and they leave with an increased awareness of the depth and breadth of the construction industry.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Case family for this significant donation to expand career opportunities for students in Colorado,” says Renee Zentz, CICC president and CSHBA CEO. “The CSHBA members donate their time and resources to help train the next generation of industry professionals, and with the Case family support, we can take our efforts to the next level.”
The Case family has been involved with the CICC program since its inception in 2015. They hope the donated land will help expand the program’s facilities. If not, then the proceeds from the land sale can be used to enhance the program.
The Case family made this donation with hopes that “our giving will encourage others to give as well.”