Thompson Builders Community Involvement
Construction Management Training for Low-Income Teens
Each year, Thompson Builders owner Paul Thompson sponsors students from Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA) in San Francisco through the school’s Corporate Work-Study Program. Tasks range from jobsite assistance at schools, community centers and public works projects undergoing construction—to administrative responsibilities that help support general contracting business operations and development.
“Paul asked us if we could pick up a student for a semester as our project admin,” recalls Conor Thompson, project manager for the mid-rise condo building Seventy2 Townsend in San Francisco. “It was my first time working with a high school student at a job site, and it went really well.”
The Power of Mentors
ICA, founded by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in 1883, is an all-female Cristo Rey high school. Students work five days a month in an entry-level position at a partnering company. The salaries from these jobs helps to support tuition costs, making ICA the most affordable college prep high school in the Bay Area. All ICA students must meet lower income criteria as part of the admission process.
“One of the sisters was really invested in supporting her student in this project,” says Conor, who’s been with Thompson Builders since X. “Seeing such dedication to advancing jobs for women in construction management was inspiring.”
For owner Paul Thompson, these partnerships offer mentoring, motivation and community involvement for students at a key time in their academic careers—while reinforcing critical thinking, team skills and lifelong learning in the classroom.
“It’s a breath of fresh air having these student interns in our office and out at job sites,” he says. “Thompson Builders is the sum of its employees. Having such enthusiastic and motivated students on the team helps to make our work culture great.”Back to the Media Center