The training you need.
The opportunities you expect.
The rewards you deserve.

Though Community Construction Outreach has just begun its historic mission, there are already several successful participants training with local contractors, as well as contractors whose bidding opportunities have dramatically increased.

Meet just a few: Entering the Trades

Carlos Carpenter
Where:Carlos got his start working on the Milestone Project, a 460,000 square foot addition to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Why:Since Carlos has always wanted to work in construction, he was eager to follow the rigorous process for entering this exciting trade and is now a union member.
How:Carlos’ growth and success is made possible by his own determination as well as the commitment of Mortensen Construction, a CCO partner committed to mentoring and nurturing our workforce.
Corey Pastoria
What:Cement Masonry
Where:Corey’ new career began at Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters, a project involving repair to the parking deck.
Why:Corey wanted a chance to join the trades and become gainfully employed. CCO has provided him the opportunity he deserved and will continue to help him establish a new career path.
How:River City Construction had planned to increase its workforce and include an apprentice. CCO contacted the company and coordinated the employment of one of our program participants, thus beginning to increase minority representation in this vital trade.
James Mayze
Where:James’ most recent project was working on structural concrete at Bradley University. He has since made a move to carpentry
Why:With many years of experience in construction, James had wide knowledge of this trade. When he moved to Peoria from the South, however, he had neither tools nor contacts.
How:Through CCO, James obtained a worker’s permit. We are grateful to Local Union 118 for making his carpentry apprenticeship possible.

Meet just a few: Bidding for Success


AFE Construction
AFE Construction entered into a joint venture agreement with Tabitha Ventures to work on the Milestone project in a contract worth over $500,000.00. As a member of CCO, AFE was able to utilize our services to become signatory to the carpenters union with assistance navigating through the paperwork and bonding assistance. AFE utilized CCO in the joint venture to actually craft the JV agreement. Once the joint venture was created the joint venture the utilized CCO to put in place the required jobsite safety plan, conduct weekly safety meeting onsite, conduct monthly onsite risk assessments, develop the required drug policy and reporting requirements. As a member of CCO AFE construction utilized CCO to bid and secure work for the Pekin Housing Authority in the amount of $91,000.00 and for the Peoria Housing Authority in the amount of $100,000.00.
Joseph and Associates
Joseph and Associates utilized CCO to craft a joint venture opportunity with AFE and Tabitha Ventures to provide rough carpentry work on the 3rd and 4th floor of the OSF Healthcare Milestone project. As a member of CCO Joseph and Associates utilized CCO to respond to and mitigate 5 OSHA violations resulting in a reduction of $5,000.00 in potential fines.
Buddy’s Ground Maintenance
As a member of CCO, Buddy’s ground maintenance utilized CCO to develop a contract and secure the seeding and erosion control work for the Alpha Park Library project at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville, Illinois.


Tillman Electric
What:CCO provided technical support for his business to strengthen the infrastructure, while River City Construction is providing networking opportunities.
Where:Several sites, including a local HVAC company and the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Milestone project.
How Much:The installation of building control systems for the HVAC company alone could run in excess of $500,000.
Central Illinois Re-Bar
What:CCO identified the opportunity, assisted in the bid process and facilitated sub-contractor and prime-contractor relations.
Where:Several sites, including a local HVAC company and the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Milestone project.
How Much:To date, CCO has helped this company secure over $175,000 in construction projects.