Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), awarded Chris Howard with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for the month of March.
The FSWA Award, which honors one high school junior or senior each month, was created to recognize and encourage high school students who plan to pursue careers in the construction industry. Each student that wins the award is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a training facility in Alabama if the student chooses to continue his or her education in construction in the state. The scholarship is made possible by ACRI and the Big Dog Poker Run, an employee motorcycle ride sponsored by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel held each spring.
Chris Howard, a senior at Holly Pond High School, completed the Construction Trades Program at Cullman Area Career Center, and will graduate in May with a Career Technical Diploma. After graduation, Chris plans to go to Wallace State Community College for core classes, and then continue his electricity training at Calhoun Community College.
“I’m excited to continue learning about the construction industry, specifically the electrical field,” Howard said. “I want to take my career to the top and hope to one day own my own company.”
Teachers, principals and other school personnel are encouraged to nominate students for the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America Award. To be eligible, students must be high school juniors or seniors who have demonstrated interest in construction careers. They must also be enrolled in or have been enrolled in technical courses related to the skilled labor industry, and have plans to continue their education in the construction industry upon graduating from high school. Visit www.gobuildalabama.com to download a nomination form.
ACRI launched the Go Build campaign in August of 2010 in effort to prepare for the anticipated shortage as older tradesmen leave the workforce. One third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50. With their retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing enough young workers to replace those exiting the industry. The Go Build campaign aims to recruit the next generation of skilled construction trade workers.