PARIC Joins South Tech as Industry Partner

South Tech’s Construction Innovations students were treated to a special kick-off to their classes hosted by our newest industry partner, St. Louis’ PARIC Construction.

Jeffrey Eye, Manager of Learning and Development for PARIC, and Bill Willman – Superintendent, shared a brief presentation with students about the company’s current projects, growth, and employee needs. The program included information about buildings like the Scott Trade Center so students could see the vast scale and scope of the types of major construction projects they could work on someday, as well as an emphasis on safety. Eye and Willman also distributed PARIC bags to each student which included their safety vest, safety glasses, and personalized hard hats which the company had provided free of charge.

PARIC wants to “build the pipeline”, Eye said. Through mentoring, speaker visits, job site visits and tours, and more, they will support students in South Tech’s construction programs at the junior and senior level and beyond. PARIC has experienced tremendous growth over the last two years, more than doubling the number of carpenters in their Self-Perform group (PARIC’s own group of full-time tradespeople). They have offered a college internship program for several years in engineering, estimating, and management, but wanted to extend their reach further back in order to inspire and mentor students at the high school level.

PARIC has a competitive internship program dedicated to developing future talent in the industry. PARIC's approach gives students the opportunity to apply what they are studying and to see different perspectives. The internship helps students clearly understand the industry, which in turn will help guide them in making important decisions about their careers. For those who truly flourish, PARIC benefits from their talents, as demonstrated by the fact that several of our employees began their careers as PARIC interns.

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