Calvin Burks

Calvin Burks, a career specialist at Employment Connection (seated), advised people who attended a construction training event for the five-year NGA West project at the Boys and Girls Club of Saint Louis on Thursday, June 20. The next construction training fair will be held 4-7 p.m. August 27 at St. Stanislaus Community Center, 1413 N. 20th St.

On Thursday, June 20, The U.S Army Corps of Engineers hosted the second of three Next National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) construction training events at the Boys and Girls Club of Saint Louis on North Grand Boulevard.

The purpose of the fair was to expose opportunities in construction trades such as carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, heavy equipment operation.

“We want to encourage people to get trained now before construction begins,” said John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council in the press release. “And with these apprenticeship programs available right now, individuals are able to find a trade that fits them.”

The apprenticeship program offered at the fair allows attendees to train with professionals and learn the profession before going into the field to work on the new NGA building.

“We know there are many jobs out there in the construction field,” said Amy Snively, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman. “If you got into an apprenticeship today and get trained up, it will take a year or two, so you will still have a chance to work on the project because it will span for five years.”

The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, Building Union Diversity, MOKAN, the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, McCarthy Building Companies, HITT Contracting, and Employment Connection had representatives at the event.

Other organizations that will take part in the building of the new agency will be Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation and Gensler.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host its third construction training fair 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 at St. Stanislaus Community Center, 1413 N. 20th St.

For more information on the opportunities available within the Next NGA West construction project, call the project hotline at (314) 676-9418. For more information, visit

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