Grand Rapids, Mich., May 9, 2019 – The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation, in partnership with Cat Footwear, presented each of the 2019 Kent Career Tech Center construction program graduates with a free pair of Cat footwear work boots during a ceremony on Thursday, May 9.
HBA’s Next Generation committee John Bitely of Sable Homes and Dale Hamill of Lake Michigan Credit Union presented the Cat work boots, valued at about $200, to nearly 40 graduates in the construction program as they prepare to take their first steps into the construction industry.
“We recognize that as you go out in the industry, you will need proper safety gear and steel-toe boots are a big part of that. We hope your new Cat footwear boots will prepare you for what’s ahead in the construction field. We’re looking forward to having you in the industry – and there are plenty of jobs out there,” Bitely told the students during the event. “The Home Builders Association Foundation is proud to be a partner and make this happen for these students.”
Tech Center student Corrine Fales, one of a few female students to receive to the Cat boots on Thursday, is excited to begin her career in residential carpentry.
“I’m super pumped. This will definitely help when I start my new job,” Fales, a senior at Grandville High School, said of the work boots.
“As our high school seniors graduate from our program and enter the construction industry, they will be required to wear OSHA-approved footwear at their job sites,” said Phil Cumings, Kent Career Tech Center instructor of applied construction technology. “For the students, receiving a free pair of Cat boots is a great way to help them get started in the industry. We are very grateful to partner with the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation and Cat Footwear to be able to offer this opportunity for our students.”