FORGE is active in schools and the community in various ways throughout the year. We believe that the more interaction our students have with the skilled trade industry and our companies, the more viable an option we become when they begin to think about their futures. To see how we’ve been involved, check out our recent events!
FORGE, an alliance of locally owned small businesses dedicated to fostering a sustainable and skilled construction workforce pipeline, proudly announces its inaugural Construction Leadership Summit, set to take place on Friday, February 23, 2024. The summit aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the region, with a specific focus on middle and upper […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Thursday, February 22, 2024, FORGE will host its annual Career Interview Day at the EMCC Communiversity, welcoming over 500 2nd and 3rd-year students from 11 Career and Technology Centers (CTCs). This event represents a significant initiative in preparing students for future career opportunities across various fields, including construction, culinary, business, agriculture, […]
FORGE, a non-profit organization committed to partnering with educators to cultivate skilled construction professionals, proudly participated in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and Build Your Future (BYF) Careers in Construction Month campaign last October. By signing the pledge and engaging in classroom activities, FORGE was eligible for a $1,000 scholarship drawing […]
FORGE is delighted to announce that Katie McCrary has recently accepted a board position with Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South, bringing her wealth of experience and commitment to fostering youth development and education particularly in the area of workforce readiness. Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South is a nonprofit organization dedicated to […]
FORGE is thrilled to announce the release of our highly anticipated 2023 Impact Report! Discover the incredible milestones, achievements, and the collective impact we’ve made together. Your support has fueled our success, and we can’t wait to share the inspiring stories within the report. Dive into the impact we’ve created and join us in celebrating […]
FORGE Foundation Sparks Excitement for Learning with Construction Book Donations Embracing the holiday spirit, the FORGE Foundation is thrilled to unveil a heartwarming initiative designed to promote literacy and spark curiosity about the construction world among young minds. This effort, made possible through a generous grant from the International Paper Foundation, involves the donation of […]
The FORGE Foundation is proud to announce its three-day in-person Skilled Trades Career Expo, providing a unique opportunity for approximately 2,500 students from 28 different schools in Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, and Webster counties to explore careers in the skilled trades. This event, hosted in partnership with more than 30 […]
FORGE Foundation Hosted a 2023 Interview Day at EMCC Communiversity Columbus, MS- Golden Triangle workforce development foundation, FORGE, is partnering with EMCC Communiversity on February 23, 2023, to present the 2023 Interview Day to help CTE and high school students with the necessary skills for entering the workforce. FORGE is expanding this event to include […]
Columbus, MS – Golden Triangle workforce development foundation, FORGE, presented a course as part of the education track at the 2023 World of Concrete Expo last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The session, “Finding and Building Tomorrow’s Workforce,” focused on educating contractors about developing grassroots workforce programs that directly impact recruitment and retention of skilled […]
The FORGE Foundation in partnership with Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) and EMCC recently hosted its third Forge Your Path Career Expo on October 18th, 19th, and 20th at EMCC’s Communiversity. Different than your typical career fair, this career expo included a variety of construction themed hands-on activities designed to generate interest in the various capacities […]
September 17, 2022 A few of our founding members participated in the Little Hands Big Trucks event showing off their large trucks and helping spread knowledge about careers in trades! We gave away hard hats, juices, and pages from the FORGE coloring book.
FORGE had a fantastic turnout on September 17, 2022, at the Columbus Soccer Complex for the Parent Career Education Night. The parents enjoyed food, and drinks while learning about different career paths for children in the GTA area. At the end, three people won $500 cash door prizes!
FORGE is working alongside educators, parents, and other workforce development agencies to recruit talented, skilled employees. We know that starts at a young age! That’s why we created a FORGE coloring book to show young kids the exciting opportunities in skilled trades from equipment operators to building the building. Our coloring book was made possible […]
June 14, 2022 FORGE Members played the Game of Life with the Camp Amp kids at the EMCC Communiversity. These kids were given a “job” from FORGE member companies and a life card. They then had to decide to buy or rent a place to live, get insurance for their residence, buy a vehicle (with […]
FORGE had a fantastic turnout on May 11th partnering with East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi Construction Education Foundation to host a viewing of the Dave Ramsey documentary Borrowed Future for teachers, counselors, and administrators that are gatekeepers to students entering CTE programs. The educators enjoyed popcorn, and drinks and earned CEU credits. At the […]
FORGE hosted an Interview Day on February 24, for 2nd and 3rd-year career and technical students from McKellar Technology Center and Lowndes County Career Technology Center. The event had 27 company representatives, 31 volunteers, and over 250 students interviewed.
March 6-12 has been dedicated to Women in Construction #WICWEEK2022 #womeninconstruction To celebrate FORGE members visited East Side Elementary and West Clay Elementary and read “The House That She Built” by Mollie Elkman, introducing children to female construction workers and trades done by women. The FORGE Foundation finished its day by testing the children’s knowledge of […]
October has been dedicated as Careers in Construction month. So, FORGE members took turns reading construction oriented books during the month.
The FORGE Foundation in partnership with Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) hosted their second Forge Your Path Career Expo on October 27th at EMCC’s Communiversity.
Starting four years ago, the evolution of this event is one of which FORGE is very proud. This year, over 350 students from both Lowndes County Career Tech and McKellar Career Tech attended Soft Skills and Interview Day. Golden Triangle Leadership partnered with us to volunteer in a variety of roles throughout both days. Day […]
The FORGE Foundation in partnership with Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) recently hosted their first Forge Your Path Career Expo on October 30th at EMCC’s Communiversity.
The annual iBuild Construction Camp is a unique hands-on camp experience for students who are interested in skilled trades.
We had the honor of sponsoring a reception to recognize the students of Lowndes County Career Technical Center …
FORGE Members played the Game of Life with Lowndes County Career Technical Students.
FORGE Member West Brothers Construction toured the Lowndes County CTC students around the SOCSD-MSU …
A two-day event, the Soft Skills University and Interview Day taught the students of the Lowndes County Career …