Hello! My name is Cara, but many know me by my nickname 'CC'. Those who know me know I always want to be a part of the solution and focus my energy and efforts on making whatever I come across better than I found it.
As a public school educator for over 15 years, and a public servant for over 20 years, I believe it is my responsibility to transform my use of time and energy complaining in school staff lounges about lack of options for our young people, and channel said energy into creating solutions in the form of a construction trades focused high school(s).
This past fall, as North Carolinians prepared for Hurricane Florence, it hit me like a ton of bricks that my purpose with this awesome gift called life is to open a construction focused trades high school and continue to stay open to future possibilities and options as they come. This was born from hearing my girlfriend, a General Contractor, architect, and owner of a Design + Build company, constantly express her frustration about how desperate the trades industry, especially construction, is for reliable and skilled labor. All the while, I have been a part of countless conversations at schools over the years with increasing frustration regarding the lack of viable options for our young people. Add on the oversaturated university track and a continued increase in student loan debt throughout the U.S.; my calling became crystal clear and laser focused.
With this divine calling in heart and mind, I attempted to work on this passion project and stay true to my full time public educator responsibilities and commitments throughout the fall semester. First comes first, so my teaching duties consistently soaked up any energy I had to invest in the trades school. Over winter break 2018, having time to roll up my sleeves and dive in wholeheartedly on the school, it became abundantly clear that I must honor my truth and give this next adventure the attention it demands and deserves. When we returned from winter break, I put in my resignation with the public school system with the intention to create more options for our young people.
I am looking to you for financial support and sponsorship of this mission. With deepest gratitude and appreciation, I will use your investment to craft a detailed, concrete, and conclusive application ready for submission to the North Carolina State Board of Education by September 2019. This comprehensive and research rich application will undoubtedly clearly illustrate the dire necessity for a high school focused solely on construction trades skills mastery with an inclusive and holistic lens. Further, your financial backing of this venture allows me the necessary time to devote my energy into creating an innovative, forward-thinking, and well-funded institution (and hopefully many schools in the years to come!).
My Tier I fundraising goal of $45,000 is based on my detailed personal budget and covers all anticipated personal and start up expenses between March 2019 and September 2019. All additional seed funds will be channeled into Tier II seed capital and will be used to ensure a sound financial foundation at the outset.
Many of my entrepreneurial peers are able to start their businesses because there is a second source of income in the household, but this is not so in my case. Your financial backing will allow me the time and ability to focus all of my resources for the next six months on crafting a thorough and concrete application.
Due to the overwhelming industry need and community approval thus far, I anticipate the school will be approved by winter of 2019 and funding for the school will be well established through various grants and donors beginning January 2020 and beyond.
Student loan debt continues to rise. All too often, post-secondary students force themselves to attend a college or university when they really didn't want to be there in the first place or weren't ready or couldn't afford the tuition. All the while, the construction trades industry is in dire need for skilled labor.
"51% of college students dropped out of school due to costs...The average student now owes about $27,975 upon college graduation." (January 9, 2018, https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/51-of-college...)
"The (construction) labor shortage is so acute that 91% of more than 2,7000 contractors, construction managers, builders and trade contractors surveyed in the latest Commercial Construction Index reported having a difficult or moderately difficult time finding skilled workers." (June 15, 2018, https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/20...)
"Skilled workforce challenges continues to grow, with 58% concerned about the pool of available talent having adequate skills." (Q4 2018, Commercial Construction Index)
Our young people deserve both secondary (high school) and post-secondary educational and workforce options that will set them up for a lifetime of lucrative success. A construction focused trades high school fosters such options and it is what I intend to create.
Thank you in advance for your strong consideration and your financial support. I'll be sure to keep you all updated in the days ahead.
Respectfully and humbly yours always,
Cara N. Nance, M.Ed.
Nance Construction Schools, L.L.C., Founder
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