Headwaters Builders Association (HBA), chartered in 1993 which encompasses Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Iron, Price and Northern Lincoln counties. The HBA has taken a different approach to engaging students within the construction trades. We have continued to see a trend of fewer and fewer students applying for our annual scholarships and wanted to help answer the call from our members regarding a slim employment pool. Step one was to replace the Student Chapter with the newly formed, Building Our Successful Students (BOSS). The former concept just didn’t fit our area schools and to be honest had little benefit to our membership. We are always striving to offer new benefits to our current members as well to attract new memberships. What better benefit than being able to highlight their business and potentially gain new young employees.
The platform of the BOSS program is to get directly in front of students in our local high schools. Knowing that there is still a big push for secondary education we needed build relationships directly with local Tech Ed teachers and to share real stories and facts with students. Understanding that not every student wants or needs or even has the means to pursue additional education, the construction trades careers in nearly all cases will hire a young adult directly from high school. Businesses are more than willing to train on site or work with them through an apprenticeship.
Check out some pictures from our program below!
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What Does the BOSS program provide?
- School top Work Grant
- Sponsored Field Trips to local business or job sites
- Materials purchased for school building program projects
- Members volunteered to help students at offsite projects
- Present at Job and Career fairs at school districts