Google will support the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Nebraska and South Dakota Chapter ( by contributing $150,000 to support pre-apprenticeship training. The training focuses on underrepresented groups in the skilled trades to prepare them for work in the construction industry.

ABC and its partners plan to launch a ten-week training and employment program in both Lincoln and Omaha that will focus on unemployed or under-employed workers, students in their senior year of high school, and recent graduates looking to enter the construction field. The Construction 101 Certification Program will include engagement from local construction leaders through classroom presentations, job shadow experiences, and career fairs. The program will introduce trainees to the foundational skills needed to get a job in the construction industry, and provide skilled workers in an industry amid record demand for employees. The program will include transportation to a training center, childcare, and meals, and the partnership will cover the costs of tuition and books for participating
students. Participants will get a $300 stipend upon completion of the program, as well as insight into career opportunities, including networking opportunities and access to entry-level positions.

These funds are part of a larger effort to connect more Americans to quality training and jobs. This year, Google is contributing $1.2 million toward education and pre-apprenticeship training programs for construction and skilled trades in five states where it operates data centers.

For more information about Associated Builders and Contractors Nebraska and South Dakota Chapter, call (402) 344-4258 (Omaha) / (402) 477-4451 (Lincoln), or visit