Snyder Construction Group & Our Involvement in Workforce Development
Building a stronger community means a lot to the team at Snyder Construction Group. Not only do we help physically construct buildings, but we help our industry build a better future by developing and maintaining relationships with higher education and community organizations.
Take a look at three organizations we work with for workforce development in Southwest Missouri.
Springfield Contractors Association
Formed in 1953, members of the Springfield Contractors Association employ more than 10,000 people in Southwest Missouri. As a member of this organization, Snyder Construction Group promotes quality throughout our industry. Our team is proud to sponsor and attend various events throughout the year while building relationships with trade partners, developers, builders, and the rest of the community.
The SCA is just one way we work together for a brighter future in construction, and Build U Day represents one event we sponsor.
Build U Day
The future of construction is growing, and workers are in short supply. National industry group Associated Builders and Contractors noted in February 2022 that our industry faced a labor shortage of 650,000 people. As more and more construction projects will be needed in the coming decade, contractors must prepare for plenty of projects in the pipeline.
Snyder Construction Group is working to develop young professionals interested in getting into construction, either through hands-on skilled labor or in the construction management (CM) field, like a superintendent, project manager, or other roles.
We volunteered with Build U day in the summer of 2022 by showing high school and college students what it’s like to work on a construction site as a tradesperson. We also sponsored lunch for the young crew of future construction workers.
Our team looks forward to working with this great event every year.
MSU Construction Management Advisory Board
In mid-September 2022, Snyder Construction Group had several teams participate in the first annual Missouri State University Technology and Construction Management department cornhole tournament. The fun time doubled as a fundraiser for the department at Mother’s Brewing Company. We appreciate all of the cornhole teams, community members, and trade partners who turned out for the inaugural event. Many of our MSU alums were there to support the younger students and the department.
Two of our employees, director of operations Donnie Volentine and senior project manager Ryan Thomassen, sit on the Construction Management Advisory Board for MSU. Donnie served as the board’s president for three years and currently sits on the Fundraising Committee and the Alumni Committee. Ryan is on the Student Committee and helps organize events for current students. He also sits in on classes a few times yearly to host Q & A sessions, roundtable discussions, and senior project reviews. Ryan met parents of students on campus for Family Weekend on Sept. 24.
Donnie and Ryan have participated in many events over the years, including industry roundtables, exit Interviews, course and curriculum reviews, and numerous events, such as the annual golf tournament, career fairs, the inaugural cornhole tournament, and other events solely for the CM program both on and off campus.
Many MSU alums who work for Snyder Construction also help with an event or two each year to foster the next generation of construction management professionals.
Snyder Construction Group, Building Partnerships That Last
We believe in advising, mentoring, and inviting the next generation to explore a career in construction through several workforce development initiatives in Southwest Missouri.