Entries by Angel-Lee Jensen

From the Ground Up

Did you know that nearly 80% of construction businesses are struggling to fill skilled labor positions, according to the Associated General Contractors of America? Moreover, 80% of new skilled trade jobs require less than a year of schooling?

But who is sharing these gripping career path facts with our high schoolers? As a member of the Builder’s Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI), we can proudly say, “We are.” And we’re about to change the face of the industry…

50 Hot Indiana Jobs

Have you seen the hot Indiana jobs list? It’s an intriguing list indeed – a mix of degreed positions and those that require only certifications or hands-on job training.

If you explored my first installment in this new blog series, I think it’s important for me to first clarify that I am not anti-postsecondary education. In fact, I want my doctor to have the best education in biology and chemistry. I want to know they have passed the MCAT, attend the best medical school, completed residency training, and secured their license. I want to know that my lawyer has completed law school and passed the bar exam. These are honorable professions, and they require great educational commitments from those that seek them as careers, but these sort of careers are not the current in-demand jobs waiting to be filled by our graduates…

Increased Vocational Classes in Indiana

Last week the Indianapolis Business Journal featured an article discussing an increased national and state focus on career and technical education. The article noted that during the 2013-2014 school year (the last for which numbers were immediately available), 8,400 graduates had earned at least one industry certification, license or industry-recognized credential. That’s 11 percent more than the year before…

Welcome to the Team!

We have added Angel-Lee Jensen as Receptionist and Special Projects Coordinator to our family here at Custom Concrete! Angel-Lee will be playing a key role assisting Custom Concrete executives with special projects and fulfilling a new forward-facing role for the company as well…

Welcome to the Team!

Westfield, Ind.-based quality concrete foundations contractor Custom Concrete has added former United States Marine Corps Combat Engineer and Construction Chief Chuck Haberman as Onboarding Coordinator. From sourcing and recruiting new employees to onboarding, training and development, Haberman will be playing a key role as Custom Concrete continues to grow and be a destination for job seekers throughout the metro Indianapolis area…

Skilled Trade Jobs

Today’s installment is indeed about a hot topic – myths around skilled trade jobs. It’s a subject I’m passionate about.

I strongly believe that attending a four-year college isn’t the only path to success for our young adults. A career in a skilled trade can be just as rewarding in terms of personal happiness and financial reward, but who’s sharing that fact with our middle school and high school students these days? Not many are, and often not even guidance counselors or parents. The next generation of workers’ career path hinges on the advice they receive or don’t receive in high school.  While Mike Rowe is doing a stand-up job, more of us could be spreading the word and opening eyes to the fact that there are more opportunities out there than 4+ years of college debt and a desk job…

[In the News] The Shift to Multi-Family Real Estate

Did you know multi-family real estate is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now? In fact, investment hit a record $43 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, and multi-family units now account for more than one-third of all new housing.

Shifting lifestyles in the U.S. have sent demand for rentals through the roof. America’s rental population is expected to grow by 4.2 million people between 2015 and 2025, according to a recent Harvard study…