Collaboration brings skilled trades training to Saginaw region

Midland, Michigan, January 2017
A new joint venture between the Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) and the Saginaw Home Builders Association will begin in February, providing interested individuals training in General Building & Construction.

The training will take place at the GMCA facility located within Mackinaw High School (2775 Shattuck Rd). This course will give the basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, concrete finishing, electrical work, HVAC, and plumbing. Students will become skilled in different phases of a project from start to finish. Once completing this course, the trainee will be able to interpret construction drawings; perform quality concrete and brickwork, frame walls, ceilings, and floors of a structure, and install the proper wiring and piping for electrical and plumbing systems.  Training will also include interior and exterior finishing. The General Building & Construction program has a focus in residential construction.  Presentations will be given by local home builders to share their knowledge and expertise and give insight and support to students.

“Greater Michigan Construction Academy is excited to bring a residential building program to the Saginaw area.  By partnering with the HBA we are able to reach a group of individuals who are looking to go into home building.  The need for skilled labor in both commercial and residential building trades is still on the rise, and we are proud to be able to offer both in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” – Stephanie Davis, Vice President of GMCA.

“Quality and professionalism is a strength of HBA members. If we can mentor and assist students in building trades classes such as the General Building & Construction offered by GMCA, we can provide dialogue with students to support their career endeavors. The home building industry is in need of highly skilled and trained professionals.  The community needs talented workers; the future of home building lays in the generations to follow.” – Michelle Revette, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Saginaw.

The Home Builders Association of Saginaw (HBAS) was awarded a grant, given through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that will allow funding to help students with the cost of the course. HBAS has the opportunity to sponsor several students entering this course, says Michelle Revette of the grant, “Our goal is to provide $10,000.00 in tuition assistance for students that want to become a part of the skilled trade workforce – building our communities.  We take great pride in the hard work our members present and we are very excited to include and mentor the future builders of Saginaw County”.

GMCA currently trains in twelve different construction trades specialties.  The Academy is a nationally registered program with NCCER and the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT). GMCA is also the first vocational school of its kind to go through the process and receive ACCET accreditation.

For more information and class descriptions, fees, and registration contact GMCA at (989) 832-8879. Email Stephanie Davis at or you can visit our web site at


GMCA’s mission is to educate thru collaboration of the construction industry, their employees, and our communities. GMCA strives to develop professional workplace competencies and Skills while promoting the construction industry as a career choice. For more information contact us at 989.832.8879 or

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