PIECE, Charlotte, NC: won second place in the 200,000 and over category of the City Cultural Diversity Awards.
The purpose of Project P.I.E.C.E. is to address labor market shortages in the construction industry by connecting 180 individuals who have barriers to employment with entry to mid-level opportunities in three key construction-related fields: residential and commercial construction, highway construction and broadband and fiber optic cabling. The City Council has committed to investing $1 million in the program over a three year period. P.I.E.C.E is delivered through a business-driven model that emphasizes industry involvement, intensive career counseling and wrap-around social services that seek to develop the complete person and prepare them for life and a career.