Whitaker Construction’s vision is to Build the Best: People, Communities and Future. Whitaker adopts a “Diverse Pipeline Strategy” focused on identifying talent pools within the state of Utah and establishing partnership pipelines to engage and educate the rising generation of the benefits found in construction careers. Whitaker has developed community partnerships with CTE and Work-Based Learning programs within high schools across Utah to support and promote educational and work-based learning programs. Between classroom visits, conference presentations, virtual field trips, counselor luncheons, internships, and guest speakers, Whitaker provides students with opportunities to learn and explore careers in construction. “In establishing trust with school partners and educating students we want CTE teachers, Work-Based Learning Coordinators, Counselors and Administrators to refer their students to us as part of our end goal to fill our open and in-demand jobs.” – Jake Hinckley
Ogden School District was privileged to have Jake Hinckley of Whitaker Construction dedicate his workday to our students as he traveled throughout the district speaking to classes in four different high schools. He started the day at Ogden High where he delivered a well-received presentation on the importance of networking and staying connected in order to build a productive career in our modern world. Next he traveled to George Washington High where he tailored his presentation to a construction class as he expounded upon the opportunities that exist within a variety of construction professions. Jake provided a similar presentation to students at our Youth In Care school, Malan’s Peak, offering a pathway of hope and a second chance to students working through challenging circumstances. Jake concluded his day at Ben Lomond High, where he once again gave the students exactly what they needed by offering a Career and Technical Education class invaluable advice on career building.
“Ogden School District wishes to offer its profound thanks to Jake Hinckley and our industry partner Whitaker Construction for granting students the opportunity to hear directly from such a dynamic and well-informed professional. For any school system throughout the state seeking an excellent way to connect students to industry, know that Jake is an amazing presenter. Schools fortunate enough to schedule his valuable time will be providing their students a great service.” – David Ruf, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Ogden School District.
“The Canyons Technical Education Center Business Leadership’s partnership with Whitaker Construction has been critical to the success of our program. Their willingness to support our students with their time, mentorship, and real-world experiences has been phenomenal.
“My students learn how to create and implement marketing campaigns; all while receiving invaluable support from Whitaker Construction employees. The presentation portion of the project offers students the experience to deliver their solutions to business professionals. This experience also allows them to receive constructive criticism and feedback from the Whitaker team. They feel the competitiveness, struggles, and successes of their efforts.Experiencing real business pressure and interacting with business and industry leaders sets them up for current and future success.” – Kimberly Simpson, Business Leadership Instructor, Canyons Technical Education Center, Canyons School District.
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