Workforce Development Activities

Workforce development is one of AGC’s key strategic objectives, and we are working today to meet Oregon’s current and future construction workforce needs. See how you can partner with us in our efforts to enhance the development and recruitment of a highly skilled, diverse construction workforce.

AGC Workforce and Professional Development Committee

The goal of AGC’s Workforce and Professional Development Committee is simple: to grow and develop the construction workforce and leadership of the future. We are always seeking fresh ideas, and all AGC members are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings.

Take a look at the Workforce and Professional Development Committee charter.

Committee Leadership

Chair: Brandon Flint, Inline Commercial Construction
Vice Chair: Stacy Lewallen, Lease Crutcher Lewis
AGC staff: Frosti Adams, 503-685-8310, and Aaron Bouchane, 503-685-8304

Assisting Members Around the Region

AGC’s workforce team brings the skills, resources, ideas, and best practices necessary to build the pipeline of skilled construction workers now and for the future. See our activity summary.

Build-Oregon

Build-Oregon is an online brand created by AGC to increase awareness and promote construction careers to students, parents, teachers, school staff, and other influencers. Visit Build-Oregon to learn more the construction industry, careers offered, and the training and educational paths to achieve these careers.

You can also find the Build-Oregon brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Give us a follow and use the #webuildoregon when posting about construction.

Educator Externship

AGC successfully partnered with Willamette Promise and the Willamette Education Service District to develop a summer educator externship program. In 2017 we completed our second year with 28 educators and over 60 industry partner hosts. This program has been instrumental in connecting local construction companies with educators to provide first-hand experience and exposure to the limitless opportunities of careers in construction. Through these experiences educators are better equipped to relay numerous career pathways in construction to their students through new lesson plans, and presentations, and industry connections.

  • Read more about the program and watch the video, educator feedback and commentary

Planning for the 2020 summer program is well underway. We need many contractor and industry partner volunteers to host educators from all around the state. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Frosti Adams, 503-685-8310.

AGC of America Workforce Efforts and Resources

Industry recruitment and retention are essential to the future of the construction industry. Just as important as finding craft workers, project managers, and supervisors, is ensuring that these essential workers are properly educated and trained. Efforts through AGCA, in conjunction with chapters and industry partners, are focused on the goal to attract, retain, and train our future construction industry workforce.

For nationwide news, workforce development resources, and more, visit the AGCA website.

AGCA Workforce Survey Results (August 2019)

Eighty Percent of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand, National Survey Finds

Survey Results:

Related Resources

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Student Outreach

AGC is passionate about developing future construction industry leaders.

Check out our outreach efforts »
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Workforce Grants

AGC partners financially with programs and organizations that encourage careers in construction.

Learn about and apply for a grant »

Need more information?

Contact Frosti Adams or Aaron Bouchane, workforce and professional development managers, for more information.