COAA was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. COAA is comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America.
What Can Owners Do?
The COAA Workforce Development Committee recognizes the need to develop various education programs and recruitment efforts that target the current and future construction industry workforce. One place Owners can start is raising awareness.
"If you polled a group of parents of middle or high schoolers, you would find very few, if any, who wanted -- or would even allow -- their children to consider pursuing the construction trades as a profession. We have to show them, along with the rest of this great nation, that the construction industry is solid and can provide both men and women with respected and rewarding careers." Kevin Lewis, PE, COAA Past President, Loudoun County Public Schools
Gary VanAlstyne, Director of Construction for Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in Ashburn, VA takes an elementary school student on a tour of an LCPS construction project.
A few examples of COAA Owners working to address the workforce skilled labor shortage:
- University of Virginia Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program
- Toolbox Workshop for Women, by Women
- Loudoun County Public Schools' Carrier and Apprenticeship Fair
A powerful poem
about the pride of working in construction from AGC.