CCI YA Signing Day 2024

CCI Honors First Youth Apprentices with Signing Day Ceremony

From Apprentices to Associates

May 30, 2024, Beloit, WI – Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) is thrilled to share that two local students have taken the next step to advance in their journey towards a fulfilling career in the construction industry. This morning, CCI leadership, managers, tradespeople, parents, and others gathered at a local construction site to celebrate CCI’s first Youth Apprentices (YA) with a special signing day ceremony.

With a shared passion for learning a skilled trade, Mason Callahan and Sumner Korleski have successfully completed the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. By signing a special CCI toolbox, they have officially joined CCI and will become full-time associates within our carpentry and general trades team.

CCI YA Signing Day 2024 - Homer Auge, CCI President

Homer Auge, CCI president remarked, “Your achievements are a testament to your determination and passion for your chosen fields. As you move forward, we are confident that the skills and experiences you’ve acquired will serve as a strong foundation in your future pursuits. Keep pushing boundaries, setting high goals and striving for excellence.”

CCI YA Signing Day 2024

Left – Mason Callahan, right – Sumner Korleski

Mason joined CCI last summer through the Rock County Internship Program, where he worked with our carpentry team on the Wright & Wagner Lofts project. This experience allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of our company and collaborate with our associates over six weeks. Although he was already familiar with CCI, the hands-on work over the summer sparked his enthusiasm to continue through the school year. After completing the Rock County Internship Program, Mason transitioned into a carpentry Youth Apprentice role, working at various project sites. He has been recognized by the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board during Apprenticeship Week and by the Beloit Rotary Club. Mason’s excellent work ethic and positive attitude have been impressive, and it’s been rewarding to watch him continue to learn and grow.

Sumner graduated from Hallstrom Homeschool Co-op in Rockford, IL, and has been actively involved in the Hendricks CareerTek programs and academies since the summer after his sixth-grade year. He was part of their inaugural Construction Academy group that built little libraries for the community. Over the past six years, the summer academies and school day programs have exposed him to a wide range of career options. During his senior year, CareerTek provided job shadow opportunities and enabled him to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program as a carpentry Youth Apprentice at CCI. Working with our team helped Sumner clarify and solidify his goal of pursuing further training as a skilled craftsman. During his time with us, he has primarily worked on an industrial project site and other locations. Sumner’s positive attitude, enthusiasm, and eagerness to start his career have been greatly appreciated by everyone who works with him.

We would like to extend our thanks to Susan Day, Director of Hendricks CareerTek, for providing outstanding career exploration programs for the area’s youth, and to Dana Liekness, Job Developer/Apprenticeship Liaison of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, for her invaluable assistance and support.