Construction Connections


Construction Connections is a nine-week Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program designed to prepare participants for a career in the construction industry.

Funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Construction Connections enrolled 268 people from 2010 through 2015; 250 graduated, and 199 are employed. The placement rate is 80 percent. The program has 17 employer partners, ranging from construction and concrete companies to electricians and carpenters.

The program is a collaboration between the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Allied Construction Industries and focuses on soft skill development as well as technical instruction. Upon completion of the 193-hour program, each student will be equipped with:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum Certification
  • Registration into NCCER’s National Registry Occupational Safety & Health Administration

10-Hour Certification (OSHA 10)

  • A New Basic Set of Hand Tools and Protective Equipment Including a Hard Hat and Steel Toe Boots
  • 8 Credit Hours from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

What Construction Connections Provides to Employers in the Region

  • Professional Recruiting and Retention Services
  • Diverse Pool of Credentialed Applicants
  • Training That Meets the Specifications of the Construction Industry
  • Applicants Equipped With Personal and Protective Equipment, Tools and a National Industry Recognized Credential
  • Potential on the Job Training Dollars to Supplement Training Costs
  • OSHA 10 Certified Candidate


  • Must complete SOAR
  • Must successfully complete interview process
  • Must be able to complete assessments in the areas of : math, reading, and locating information
  • Must be willing to work in elements


These Companies are Transformational Supporters of the Urban League’s Corporate Heritage Annual Giving Program.