Workforce advocate is bridging the gap

Terrence Hayes
Terrence Hayes stands in front of mural in memory of his cousin.

15 years ago, Terrence Hayes was in an electrical pre-apprenticeship program while in prison. Now he’s leveraging his role with Raimore Construction to recruit workers with similar backgrounds into well-paying jobs.

Raimore Construction is a prime contractor on the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

“My process started with an individual who looked like me who told me that I can do it, and then it ended with an individual who didn’t look like me being intentional about not letting me fail,” said Hayes, “which is a microcosm of what I think it takes for Black people to have more success at higher levels in the electrical field, or any trade career.”

Read or watch Terrence’s story.