Home Builders Care Foundation Presents $5,000 to CTE Academy for Internship Program

Left: Paul Nelsen, Care Foundation Chair
Right: Josh Hall, CTE Principal

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA (May 30, 2017) --- Paul Nelsen, Chair of the Sioux Empire Home Builders Care Foundation, presented Josh Hall, Principal of the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Academy, with a $5,000 check on behalf of the Care Foundation. The donation will provide operational funding for the launch of a new carpentry internship program at the CTE Academy.

Earlier this year, the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire’s Workforce Development Committee worked with the Sioux Falls School District on the creation of an internship program. The new internship program will provide a mechanism for placing high school students with interested employers in the building industry. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the top challenge builders expect to face in 2017 is the cost/availability of labor, a significant issue for 78% builders in 2016 and one that has significantly grown in importance since 2017. That challenge is especially true in Sioux Falls where the building industry in competing with other industries for workers.

The CTE Academy was able to get this exciting new internship program off the ground during the Spring semester of the current school year with a small group of students and businesses. Several of the students involved in the pilot program this school year have been offered and accepted long-term employment with their internship partner company. One of the goals of the CTE Academy is to help meet the local workforce needs through pairing the interests of students with job openings in the community, this internship program is one way they can do that. There is a tremendous amount of excitement that has been generated through the success of the initial pilot. With the help of local partners such as the Home Builders Association and their business owner members, they look forward to building on that early success for years to come by continuing to grow this program and match our talented students with the needs of the Sioux Falls workforce community.

As the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, the Sioux Empire Home Builders Care Foundation supports the community through scholarships, grants and other community service projects.  Since its creation in 2007, the Care Foundation has invested more than $365,000 into these community service projects and educational/workforce development programs.

For more information on the Sioux Empire Home Builders Care Foundation, or to make a tax-deductible donation to help further their efforts, please visit their page on the HBASE website at hbacarefoundation.com.

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For media inquiries, please contact:  
Annette Amdahl, HBASE Public Relations Director, 605-361-8322, annette@hbasiouxempire.com

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