Tools Up Foundation (TUF) provides women and men minorities, the educational and support TOOLS, that enables them to have thriving careers in the construction industry. We believe, by investing in the people of the community, we are empowering them to revitalize their own communities.
With our unique TUF TOOLS System, we're able to mold passionate individuals into well rounded and prepared construction professionals through,
Tools Up Foundation is a non-profit organization, training women and men minorities in construction careers. Our founder, a black woman General Contractor, experienced first hand, the lack of diversity in the construction industry. She vowed to create a revolving door for more minorities that look like her.
Our unique Pave the Way Up Pre-Apprenticeship program, is a 10-week part time program designed to introduce you to the many trades within the construction industry. You'll have the opportunity to learn technical skills, job site hands on training, and student support services, to help you transition into a DOL registered Apprenticeship program.
Guess what? You'll even get PAID, while you learn!
- 18 years or older
- High School Diploma or GED
- Driver's License (still apply if you need a DL, we can assist)
- Illinois Resident
- Reliable Transportation
- Pass Drug Testing
Industry Recognized Certifications Earned:
- OSHA 10
- First Aid
Dominique Jones has over 10 years experience within the construction industry. She is also Founder and CEO of D. Jones Construction, a General Construction firm, and Jones Development, a Real Estate Development and Investment firm. After seeing first hand the major lack of diversity within the construction industry, she vowed to create a revolving door of skilled minority professionals, through the Tools Up Foundation. She is also heavily involved in the foundation by carrying out the role of Executive Director and Mentor.
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